Science Has Never Been So Entertaining

Hooray for books for young readers that cover S.T.E.M. subjects!


Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story

•    Targeted Audience: Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 7-9)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction Science
•    Author: Glenn Murphy
•    Illustrator: Mike Phillips
•    Publisher: Pan MacMillan Children’s Books
•    Publication Date: (Reprint Edition) May, 1, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 5″ x  7.5″
•    Printing:  Black & White
•    Length: 188 Pages
•    Retail: $7.99
•    ISBN: 978-1447226239

Everything You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Know About the Universe

Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story takes readers on a humorous journey through the universe, around the stars and planets. Questions are posed and answered with fascinating facts and witty banter. There are doodles and some old photographs to make reading all that much more entertaining.

Why did people think the sun went around the earth? Were they stupid or something?

 Newton nailed it, and now we use his ideas because he’s never been topped?

If you used enough sunscreen could you sunbathe on Venus?

Readers learn about famous scientists and discoveries and basically take a trip around the solar system. There are a few quizzes and activities and by the end of the book, children know the basics of space and so much more.

Why You’ll Love This Book

Author Glenn Murphy writes as though he is having a conversation with the reader and turns what would normally be big daunting information about the universe, stars and the solar system and skillfully turns it into a light and funny read. He poses questions and answers them, adding comments that sound like they come from the reader, and he uses humor throughout his explanations. Teaching space to second through fourth graders is no easy task but Murphy keeps the reader’s attention from start to finish. For me, as an adult, reading Space was a refresher course plus I learned a bunch of facts I never knew before. Frankly I feel quite a bit smarter than I did yesterday.

Further Learning

  1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  2. Attend Space Camp.
  3. Watch the Imax Space Collection.


Poo! What is That Smell? Everything You Ever Needed to Know About the Five Senses

•    Targeted Audience: Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 7-9)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction Science
•    Author: Glenn Murphy
•    Illustrator: Lorna Murphy
•    Publisher: Pan MacMillan Children’s Books
•    Publication Date: (Unabridged Edition) May, 1, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 5″ x  7.5″
•    Printing:  Black & White
•    Length: 176 Pages
•    Retail: $8.99
•    ISBN: 978-0330538527

Now That Really Stinks

What kid can resist a book entitled Poo! What is That Smell? I’m not embarrassed to admit after seeing that title I couldn’t wait to read this book myself (and find out why my dog’s farts are so deadly). In addition to be enlightened about how and why we smell, readers learn all about the other senses.

How do we see?

What’s hearing and why do we have it?

How do we taste things?

How do we touch and feel things?

Each of the five chapters of the books is dedicated to one of the five senses of humans and other animals, and there’s surprising detail here. We learn how sharks smell blood under water, whether or not flies have eyeballs and the really big questions – do pigs eat their own poo? (Aren’t you dying to know the answer to that?) In the back of the book is information about Big Sense – the animals with the most, biggest longest, etc and a word or two about animals with special senses above and beyond the basic five.

Why You’ll Love This Book

The amount of information young readers learn within the pages of Poo! What is That Smell? is quite impressive. This is not just an explanation of the five senses, but rather an in-depth, humorous look at all the ways animals thrive and survive using their senses. Questions even the most curious readers may not think to pose themselves are asked and answered, and the information is so fascinating, kids will not only look forward to reading the entire book, but will likely want to explore the subject of the five senses further. After learning that snakes don’t have ears but can hear, who wouldn’t want to know how that is possible?

Further Learning

  1. Watch the BBC Human Senses Movie Series.
  2. Find more educational videos about the five senses.
  3. Read How Does the Ear Hear? And Other Questions About the Five Senses.

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Glenn Murphy received his masters in science communication from London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He wrote his first popular science book, Why Is Snot Green?, while managing the Explainer team at the Science Museum in London. In 2007 he moved to the United States. He now lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Heather, and two unusually large and ill-tempered cats.

Check out heaps of other science books for kids by Glenn Murphy here.