Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Margo's Musings: It's A Dinosaur Disaster!


Starting at a new school is always exciting, but following along with a group of monstrous students on their first day at The Mad Scientist Academy is sure to be an adventure! Dr. Cosmic has a fantastic exhibit on dinosaurs he can't wait to share with his new class, but there are a few bugs to work out first. When their holographic guide, Dr. Tibia, takes them on a tour back through time, the students get a first hand experience at what it was like sixty-five million years ago. It's awesome to see the events that shaped our world recreated, despite a few terrifying glitches. Dr. Cosmic has a puzzle for his students to solve, and he gives them each book that contains everything a scientist needs to reveal mysteries. The dinosaurs on exhibit are set to "safe" mode, so the students are able to observe them without danger and gather clues. When an accident causes the machines to switch the dinosaurs into "live" mode, they've got a disaster on their hands. Will the students be able to learn enough about the dinosaurs to save the exhibit? What will happen if they run into a T. rex? Can a smelly lunch save the day? Will they ever find the school pet, Oscar, who's a real live dinosaur? You'll have to read this prehistoric book to find out!

Mad Scientist Academy:The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott was especially nice for me, because I love graphic novels, and the story is presented in that style. The illustrations are brilliant, and it was fun to learn more about dinosaurs. The facts are used as clues, and Margo and I had fun putting the pieces of the puzzle together. We enjoyed the humor, and Margo kept trying to guess what the contents of Wolfgang's smelly lunch bag could be. I recommend this book to young readers who like to learn facts and think visually. If you're a dinosaur fanatic, you'll love it! For those who want to introduce a younger friend or sibling to graphic novels, this is a good place to start.

Has anyone else read Mad Scientist Academy? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading ;)
~ F







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54 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this, but I love creative stories, and this falls into that category.

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    1. DM- It is a fabulous book! :) ~F

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  2. Absolutely love this, my twins still love dinosaurs :)

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    1. Gloria- Anyone who loves or once loved dinosaurs will enjoy this one. :) ~F

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  3. This looks like one my kids would love. We recently read Little Robot and they loved the bright illustrations, I think they would enjoy this.

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    1. Heidi- I think they will too! Lots of fun! :) ~F

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  4. It looks like such a fun book! Even better with dino facts. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Cherie- Glad you enjoyed the review I loved the book! :) ~F

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  5. Now my son is super depressed. That's the title he was going to use for a MG series, and it's all developed and ready to go.

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    1. Crystal- Sorry that your son is depressed! It sounds like he thought up a great series. :) ~F

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  6. For some reason I think I read it years ago...is it old?

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    1. Patty- I think it was published in 2015. Maybe you read an ARC copy? :) ~F

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  7. I haven't read it, but it looks like an awesome series!

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    1. Stephanie- It is fantastic! :) ~F

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  8. It sounds like the sort of book which would instill a lifelong love of books, and learning. Always a winner.

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    1. Elephant's Child- I couldn't agree more! :) ~F

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  9. This sounds like a lot of fun! Who doesn't like a mad scientist--I always wished there were a school for them :)

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    1. Meradeth- You crack me up! :) ~F

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  10. The book had me with the word dinosaurs. Looks like a great story.

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    1. Beverly- Fans of dinosaurs will totally love this one! :) ~F

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  11. That looks like loads of fun. It's great to see so many high quality graphic novels available for kids these days.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- I agree! It is a really appealing format for kids and now there are so many books to choose from. :) ~F

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  12. This seems to be a great series and I would have been a kid just waiting to read this!

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    1. Birgit- I know it is going to be a favorite of kids everywhere. :) ~F

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  13. Dinosaurs are always interesting for kids, and even some adults. This is awesome.

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    1. Lux- I agree with you! Definitely a popular topic! :) ~F

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  14. This sounds like such a cute story... Dinosaurs can be so fun writing about ♡

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    1. Launna- It is a great book! So much fun! :) ~F

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  15. haha that one sure sounds like a fun story and a neat idea too

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  16. I have not read it but it looks like huge fun!

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    1. Catherine- Great fun for adults and kids! :) ~F

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  17. Oh my goodness! How sweet are Ken and Wolfgang. Such a great idea, this sounds like an enormously fun read.

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    1. Tracy- I adored them! All the characters were great! :) ~F

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  18. My daughter loves graphic novels. She might like this.

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    1. Kelly- I think she will love it! :) ~F

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  19. This sounds like a really fun read! My son likes graphic novels. He'd probably enjoy this one.

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    1. Sherry- If your son likes graphic novels then i think he will get a kick out this one! :) ~F

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  20. This graphic novel looks so fun to read and learn from! I sure hope smelly lunches can save the day.

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    1. Claudine- You will have to read it to find out! :) ~F

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  21. Eita! hahaha! ;P

    Não conhecia esse livro. Mas parece ter uma boa história!

    Ótima sexta!

    Beijo! ^^

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    1. Amanda- It really is great! :) ~F

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  22. no but I will be! so cute! plus I've never read a graphic novel and should try one :)

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    1. Beth- If you have never read a graphic novel then this is a great one to start with! Enjoy! :) ~F

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  23. I'm always on the lookout for good graphic novels, as I really enjoy the format but can never find enough of them. This one looks delightful--thanks for sharing!

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    1. Suzanne- If you like graphic novels then I know you will love this one. I am always looking for graphic novels too. :) ~F

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  24. I love the names of the characters and this sounds like an interesting academy.

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    1. Medeia- The names are awesome! Such a fun book! :) ~F

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  25. Sounds interesting. I will be trying this!

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    1. Nas- You will really enjoy it! :) ~F

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