‘Rebel Science’ by Dan Green and David Lyttleton

It is brilliant to see non-fiction books starting to be produced in the same eye-catching way as many picture books and fiction titles already are.  Authors and publishing companies are beginning to understand that today’s young readers want innovative layouts and great illustrations in the books they choose to read.

‘Rebel Science’ aims to introduce children to key scientific figures through the ages, and the theories and concepts they proposed, in an engaging and informative way.

Theories about scientific ideas such as the solar system and genetics are explored in the pages of this book.  Each concept is introduced in a witty and lively way which should pique any reader’s interest. Important scientists and their ideas are then introduced and summarised in a handy ‘key discoveries’ box.

‘Rebel Science’ also shows children where scientists reached ‘dead ends’ in their research and had to try something different.  This is a valuable lesson for young scientists to learn if they are going to become keen investigators themselves.

Along with the contents page and index, ‘routefinder’ boxes are used throughout the book to direct readers to other pages where related ideas are discussed.

Have you ever wondered who’d win in a face-off between Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke? Or who really was the first astronomer to correctly predict Neptune’s location?  ‘Rebel Science’ will tell you the answers.

I would recommend this book for older primary-aged children or lower-secondary students as some of the concepts introduced are quite tricky.  However, younger readers may enjoy dipping in and out with an adult and chatting about what they’ve learnt.

Happy investigating,

Library Girl and Book Boy.


*Thank you to Weldon Owen Publishing for sending me this copy to review.*

One thought on “‘Rebel Science’ by Dan Green and David Lyttleton

  1. dangreenbooks says:

    Reblogged this on dangreenbooks and commented:
    Another wonderful review of Rebel Science, this time by the superhero team of Library Girl & Book Boy. LG&BB have found something important and not obvious about the “Dead Ends” – the road to discovery is not always as straightforward as it seems; also, in science, being wrong or getting your ideas a bit mixed up is part of the process and can lead to big breakthroughs.

    I love the fact that LG&BB chose to show the marvellous Digestion Machine spread – it just happens to be David’s favourite picture in the whole book!

    Thanks to Weldon Owen for posting out a review copy – could this mark the beginning of the long-awaited #CNFBooks (*Children’s Non-Fiction Books) fightback?


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