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Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! This volume: In Rockets we explore the 2,000 years that rockets have been in existence. We dive into Newton's Laws of Motion—learning all about gravity, force, acceleration, and the history of rockets made in the past and rockets to be made in the future!


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Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! This volume: In Rockets we explore the 2,000 years that rockets have been in existence. We dive into Newton's Laws of Motion—learning all about gravity, force, acceleration, and the history of rockets made in the past and rockets to be made in the future!

30 review for Science Comics Rockets - Defying Gravity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 for this one, another solid title that science teachers will want to add their classroom library. Most of us are fascinated by space or the idea of space travel, and in graphic form, this slim volume covers the history of the space race and humans' interest in being able to travel far from Earth. It never fails to amuse me that so many were sure it wasn't possible while it also never fails to leave me sad to think of the many experimental animals such as Laika, the space dog, who lost their 3.5 for this one, another solid title that science teachers will want to add their classroom library. Most of us are fascinated by space or the idea of space travel, and in graphic form, this slim volume covers the history of the space race and humans' interest in being able to travel far from Earth. It never fails to amuse me that so many were sure it wasn't possible while it also never fails to leave me sad to think of the many experimental animals such as Laika, the space dog, who lost their lives in our attempts to reach the moon. As is always the case with these books, the authors and illustrations have done their homework and really taken pains to include the scientific laws that underlie rocketry as well as its origins in entertainment. I was pleased to see an explanation of the sheep, duck, and rooster who lead readers through part of the book, a tribute to the three animals who were the first creatures to fly in a vehicle made by humans--a hot air balloon. While some readers might not enjoy the repartee among the various animals, including a bear and a tortoise, they simply add a personal touch to the information contained in the book. This book with its vivid illustrations and thumbnail sketches of some of the individuals involved in rocketry and space exploration, presents the facts and science in easy-to-digest form. Most notably, the book makes sure to acknowledge the contribution of the Soviets as well as Americans and highlight some of the devious techniques used to protect rocket scientists from Nazi Germany after the war. I certainly want to read more about THAT.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! This volume: In Rockets we explore the 2,000 years that rockets have been in existence. We dive into Newton's Laws of Motion—learning all about gravity, force, acceleration, and the history of rockets made in the past and rockets to be made in the future! I am a fully-grown woman, a librarian and information junkie who loves and learned from this book. It is so hard to keep kids engaged these days so learning via comic strip seems like a smart way to do it. I recommend this book for every children’s library and any and every child you know as a gift! Rockets are a complicated subject but by the end of the books even I (a non-science, non-math, STEM hater) could understand. Now I understand them enough to have an intelligent conversation, which says a lot. (There is a whole series of books in the “Science Comics” series – everything from Plagues to The Solar system – they all look wonderful and I have every intention of buying the ENTIRE series – past, present and future – for our library.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Science Comics continues to cover topics of interest to young readers. This volume covers the development of rockets from 400 BCE to the present. An amazing feature is that the figures from rocketry history are a mix of men and women from different time periods and different countries. Their contributions range from the strictly theoretical (books, dissertations, theories), to experiments, improvements on previous advances, and incredible breakthroughs. The humorous narrators of the book are an Science Comics continues to cover topics of interest to young readers. This volume covers the development of rockets from 400 BCE to the present. An amazing feature is that the figures from rocketry history are a mix of men and women from different time periods and different countries. Their contributions range from the strictly theoretical (books, dissertations, theories), to experiments, improvements on previous advances, and incredible breakthroughs. The humorous narrators of the book are an assortment of animals that have been used in the journey to space - a sheep, duck, and rooster like those in the Montgolfiers' balloon; rats and mice; dogs; even bears! Along the way, readers learn about early fireworks and rockets in China, activities during WWI, the Cold War and Space Race, onward through the ISS and even SpaceX. Cameos by Isaac Newton and other worthies of science help illustrate theories such as the Laws of Motion that affect rockets. Puns and other jokes keep the rather dense science and math accessible. Current topics such as Mars rovers, solar sails, and the work of Elon Musk to include private industry in the development of space technology are all covered. For middle grade readers (and older) who are interested in rocketry and man's journey outward from the Earth, this is a very accessible presentation of major milestones along the way. A 3-page timeline, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading are in the back matter. Highly recommended. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Rockets: Defying Gravity from the Science Comics series defied my expectations and I have high expectations of this series. The authors explain the major principles of physics via brilliant illustrations and an easy to follow narrative of the history of rocket science, from ancient Italian scientist, Archytas, to today's Lightsail from the Planetary Society. Young readers will hear, for the first time, the names of the scientists (many women are included) and the test animals (bears, tortoises, Rockets: Defying Gravity from the Science Comics series defied my expectations and I have high expectations of this series. The authors explain the major principles of physics via brilliant illustrations and an easy to follow narrative of the history of rocket science, from ancient Italian scientist, Archytas, to today's Lightsail from the Planetary Society. Young readers will hear, for the first time, the names of the scientists (many women are included) and the test animals (bears, tortoises, chickens, dogs, monkeys, mice, etc) who contributed to space travel. The information covered is hard science that is palatable to readers, and students will come back to these again and again to digest the information. I have purchased almost all of these titles and my tutoring students, who are often resistant readers, devour them. I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Rockets is yet another solid addition to the Science Comics series. I know in the past, sixth graders at our middle school have launch water pressure rockets and revised them to improve the design and its flight. So much of these stories are about the trials of making more effective rockets for space travel that I could see this being widely used in the classroom setting for science and STEM/STEAM classrooms. Highly recommend this series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I received a copy of this book from #netgalley to review. Another clever and informative titles in the Science Comics series. This is quickly becoming my go to series for non-fiction graphic novels. They are full of information that I really had no clue about and are fun to read. Highly recommend this title and series for graphic novel fans. #ScienceComics:Rockets #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Awesome as always, Science Comics! I really love how it gets into both the history and the science. It's fascinating to really see how far technology has come! I liked how this book was narrated by all the animals that have traveled on rockets and gone into space. Bonus points for the humor scattered throughout, especially the gem of delivery sandwiches to the ISS haha.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Patterson

    3.5 There is a lot of information in here. All of it fascinating. Newtonian laws explained by farm animals, rockets as entertainment, major inventors, rockets in the space race, in exploration, and the future of rocketry. My only concern is... Is it too ambitious? Does it try to pack too much in? The people involved are top notch, though!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maurer

    How can this book be marketed to kids? I was confused reading it with my son at times. He loved it but I’m not sure how much he retained. He loved it because it gave him information he didn’t know. He also loved the use of animals telling the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather Brown

    Rockets tells the history, physics, and uses of rockets--all with a punch of humor. Kids and adults will both find Rockets fun and informative, and it gives enough information to write a paper or use as a source. I'm a big fan of this series, and I'm sure my students will love this addition!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Humorous and accessible. Rockets are complex, but the authors successfully boil down concepts into easily graspable points. Younger students (Grades 4-5) may struggle with some content but middle-school audiences will find themselves learning a lot about science!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Boling

    1/19/2020 ~ A solid introduction to rocketry. The vocabulary and science concepts are definitely more sophisticated than the narrators (bears, mice, & a pigeon) and illustrations would indicate. I will try several titles from this series to see if the readers in my elementary library enjoy them. 1/19/2020 ~ A solid introduction to rocketry. The vocabulary and science concepts are definitely more sophisticated than the narrators (bears, mice, & a pigeon) and illustrations would indicate. I will try several titles from this series to see if the readers in my elementary library enjoy them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Not my favorite in the series by any means- I guess, I didn't like the presentation style- but I can see myself recommending this book to anyone already interested in rockets. I did learn cool new facts but it may have been too much!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Feliciano

    This book is really fun to read. It takes the concept of how rockets work and turns it into a comic about it. I like this for kids that like graphic novels

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Brown

    I would say this book is ideal for 9+ kid. Great series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Excellent addition to the series. One of the better reads.

  17. 5 out of 5

    VBergen

    The illustrations are cute ^_^ but the subject is hard and it's not presented in a very reachable way :-/ Changing characters often, breaks a little the continuity of the story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Awjtf

    Interesting!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Edmunds

    This book has information about rockets. The book makes learning fun. I liked it. There are also funny parts. I recommend it to those who like rockets and science. (review by Jori, grade 4)

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Critter

    This was a super engaging and humorous read. It is a great book for readers like me who struggle with the science between rockets and physics. This book and all of its wonderful narrators made learning the science lots of fun. It was great how historical figures were brought in, Isaac Newton being a really great addition. There were also lots of jokes, especially puns scattered throughout the narrative. I loved how informative and funny this book was. I received a copy from Fierce Read’s Countdo This was a super engaging and humorous read. It is a great book for readers like me who struggle with the science between rockets and physics. This book and all of its wonderful narrators made learning the science lots of fun. It was great how historical figures were brought in, Isaac Newton being a really great addition. There were also lots of jokes, especially puns scattered throughout the narrative. I loved how informative and funny this book was. I received a copy from Fierce Read’s Countdown to Liftoff Sweepstakes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    According to Lewis, it all started when the pigeon’s grandpa was roommates with Archytas. He ate some spicy pythagorean moussaka, and off into the air he shot as the world’s very first rocket. According to Sheep, Duck, and Rooster, that is not what happened. The first rocket was a steam-powered wooden pigeon. No matter how it started, people have made tremendous progress in the world of rockets and these friends are here to tell readers all about it. From Chinese fireworks to landing on the moon According to Lewis, it all started when the pigeon’s grandpa was roommates with Archytas. He ate some spicy pythagorean moussaka, and off into the air he shot as the world’s very first rocket. According to Sheep, Duck, and Rooster, that is not what happened. The first rocket was a steam-powered wooden pigeon. No matter how it started, people have made tremendous progress in the world of rockets and these friends are here to tell readers all about it. From Chinese fireworks to landing on the moon, a lot of scientific study has gone into the process of defying gravity. A lot of science was involved too, from Newton’s laws of physics, to Mary Sherman Morgan’s knowledge of chemistry. Thousands if not millions of people’s work has brought us to where we are today in space travel. Hilarious and exciting, this comic book is a great way to learn the history and science behind rockets. While the information doesn’t cover every scientific aspect of rockets, it does cover more than most students already know. Written so children as young as nine could understand, the bright illustrations flow well from frame to frame, ensuring that readers are engaged. The characters are mostly animals that have been used in rocket-related experiments, and their lively personalities and comedic remarks add charming humor to this already entertaining read. Dedicated to the many animals that helped humans in their research, particularly those used before 1996 when NASA created new principles for ethical use of animals in experimentation, this remarkable book stands out from other educational books as one that will teach a child the greatest amount of information in an exciting and entertaining way. ++Review originally published on Children's Book and Media Review++ http://byucbmr.com/reviews/science-co...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex Berg

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe Miller

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Otis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Dauray

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jayden Mahoney

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