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The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School (Paula Wiseman Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:1416911758
LANGUAGE:English

"My students loved this book! I thought it a great cross-curricular read in the library. I followed it up with the "creation of slime!" The kiddos went bonkers in the library and I couldn't get them to hush-up because their were electrocuted with slimy excitement. The book's an easy and enjoyable read. I used this years ago when it first came out. When I saw it on the shelf in the library, the flashback of fun that I had with my high school kids came flooding back. The illustrations are dynamic and unpretentious. I like the fact that the characters have a kind of wicked theme to them! The kids laughed and "eww(ed)" where appropriate! It's a winner for me! See my blog: for details: http://jeans23things.blogspot.com/201..." said.

"Our narrator needs a science project and after searching all night she finds a sure-fire winner: Professor Swami's Super Slime. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned when the slime is a little more vigorous than anticipated. Sierra's rhyming text scans well throughout, although a few lines might take some practice to get the cadence just right and the text arrangements never get tired with changes in font size and color to emphasize exclamations and tilted lines that fit the off-kilter story. The illustrations, by Stephen Gammell are done in watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel and the technicolor slime monster almost leaps off the page. The crazy, fuzzy hair that sprouts every which way on the characters' heads also adds to the fun. This would make a great silly read aloud and would work particularly well to kick-off a science fair unit." said.

"The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School is the perfect book for kids who like to be grossed out and a little scared. The slime is ALIVE. The depiction of it bursting from its package and devouring a cat is vivid. As it plunders through the protagonist’s house, school and town, it grows bigger and more dangerous looking with each turn of the page. The appearance of mouths, arms and hands within the slime make it the true main character of the story and ratchets up the scare factor. The entire cast of characters, are even slightly creepy looking in this book. The mad scientist hair the protagonist is sporting is in perfect harmony with the plot. Reader's may be consoled by the fact that sugar, a substance most kids have access to, defeats the monster. Some may be upset that getting rid of the slime will cost them their snacks." said.

"In this rhyming book, students are preparing for their science projects at school. Everyone is sure of what they want to do for their project except one third grade girl. She starts to feel anxious as the science fair day draws closer. She goes online and looks for something cool, and she lands on a website that promises to be the best science project ever. She excitedly orders it and gets delivered a box of goop with a caution letter, which she ignores. The goop goes out of control and starts to eat everything and everyone and get bigger and bigger! This would be a good book to read aloud before a science lesson. The theme of the lesson could be to read and follow the instructions like good scientists do.

Lexile Level: 690L
Grade level equivalent: 4.3
Interest Level: 2-4
Genre: Science Fiction, humor
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"The humorous children’s version of “The Blob”, Sierra’s story uses cleaver rhymes to warn children of what could happen if you cheat on your science fair project. The whole story has a gloopy style that almost foreshadows the terrifying event to come. The terrifying event to come: One of Miss Fidget’s third grade students makes the mistake of ordering her science project online. “Super Slime” may look like a harmless substance to the untrained eye, but when our little science-swindler doesn’t follow directions on the box the slime begins to eat everyone in sight! It’s slorping, sputtering, and splattering, bloated, bubbling, and bulging formless shape makes its way to the school where our cheater must defeat the slime. Each illustration floats in space on its page, jutting out at harsh angles and smeared with watery, vibrant colors. The slime is a rainbow splatter that drips and oozes and grows with each delicious victim. " said.

"This silly story, by Judy Sierra, involves a 3rd grader who is unable to come up with a project for the science fair. While watching her peers already finish up, she comes across 'Professor Swami's Super Slime' while on the Internet. After it arrives, she accidentally releases it, letting it escape to eat up everything in its'path. By the end of this hilarious story, she finally figues out how to save the day by getting it to explode with a combination of both sweets and soda. Needless to say, the story wraps up in saying that her project obviously didn't take first place!

I truly enjoyed this story as I read it aloud to my class the other week. It is wildly funny and the illustrations simply add to the humor filled within this book. I recommend it for people of all ages who can appreciate how easily things can go wrong. It even teaches a valuable lesson on being responsible when needing to clean up your own messes. This is definitely another success by acclaimed author Judy Sierra.
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"What a perfect book to read to students to kick off science fair! In this amusing rhyming book, a young girl can’t think of anything special to do for the fair so, unlike her more creative classmates, sends away for “super slime” that she finds on the Internet. It is advertised as “a science project fully guaranteed to win first prize; a substance so amazing judges won’t believe their eyes.” Unfortunately, the super slime runs amok, gobbling up the narrator’s cat, her little sister, dad, teacher, and classmates. In the end, the young girl recalls the instructions on how to control the unruly blob.

Rhyming books don’t have to be just for the little ones. I love when I find ones that appeal to older students. My students love the rhythm, flow, and humor of these books. This one in particular is not only enjoyable but pertains to a subject matter they can relate to. It contains higher level vocabulary such as ingested, CO2, catapulted, mass, swelled, and debris. And, of course, kids will definitely be intrigued by the multi-colored, splatter-painted blob, an abstract figure that takes on subtle and comical human characteristics.
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"Genre: Fantasy Science Fiction
Lexile: 690L, grade 4.3, F&P: P

If we think back to our elementary school years, for those of us who had to make science fair projects, some of us dreaded it more than others! This book tells the silly story of a third grade girl who was having some major difficulties coming up with a clever science fair project. As a student who HATED the science fair because I felt like this big world of "science" was lightyears away from me, I totally would have enjoyed this book. It introduces students to the concepts of creativity that can come from science projects, as well as the disasters! In the story, the girl is stumped as to what to make for her project. She looks around her and sees all of the brainy students and their fantastic ideas and projects: curing a disease, rocket ships that travel to the moon, and a mini-farm with an army of ants that can grow corn and peas! When her teacher probes her about her own project, she responds, "It's a secret". Unsure of how to proceed, she goes home and searches for projects on the Internet. She finds one that seems promising: Professor Swami's Super Slime", made of a mutant yeast with a piece of Dragon DNA! The project is guaranteed to blow everyone's minds, but she didn't know that it would actually EAT them! As each family member who comes into contact with the project makes a comment about its appearance or odor, it reacts aggressively, swallowing them whole. You'll have to read on for the rest of the story, but I really enjoyed this because it represented this idea of something very small spiraling out of control. The illustrations are humorous, depicting the large blob devouring everything in its sight and it is written in rhyme, making it easier to practice fluency.
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