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Weyland, Jack
Illustrated by Ken Steacy Toronto, Kids Can Press, 1992. 80pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 1-55074-051-2. CIP

Grades 5 to 8/Ages 10 to 14

Reviewed by Marsha Kaiserman

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

Do you remember how boring and hard physics was? Do you remember how much fun it was to read comicbooks, especially those about super heroes? Did you ever wonder if those super powers were possible?

Using a comicbook format to appeal to children, Jack Weyland and Ken Steacy, who are actually a professor of physics and a comicbook illustrator, respectively, have successfully made learning physics both relevant and fun. There are ten chapters explaining such things as X-ray eyes, invisibility and megastrength. Each chapter is formatted the same way: a comic adventure showing a superstrength, an explanatic why this is or is not possible, and a series of do-it-yourself experiments.

This is a successful book. When I opened the package containing this book, my children picked it up and read it and talked about it. Kids Can Press, Dr. Weyland and Mr. Steacy deserve a lot of credit for producing a book this interesting.

Megapowers should be a mandatory purchase for all libraries.

Marsha Kaiserman is a conference catalogue at the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information in Ottawa, Ontario

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