Vehicles can take us around the block or into outer space! In this hands-on title, step-by-step instructions help kids fold a variety of origami vehicles, from a monster truck to the Batmobile. Accompanying text presents facts about each one, while tips and tricks help kids turn from paper folders into paper engineers!
Building a robot requires wires, metal, and knowledge of computers. But building an origami robot just takes a sheet or two of paper! With this hands-on origami guide, readers can construct favorite fictional robots, from Wall-E and Eva to BB-8 and the Iron Giant. Engaging text offers facts about each robot, while tips and tricks sidebars help with paper folding techniques.
The revelation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb brought fame and glory to its discoverers. But as unlucky occurrences hit the crew, people wondered if it brought something more sinister as well. Through brightly colored illustrations, this graphic narrative examines the tomb’s discovery and the grim events that followed. With aids including a timeline and possible theories, readers can draw their own conclusions about the mummy’s curse in this thrilling narrative.
On a small farm in rural Tennessee, a mysterious spirit was tormenting a family. Quilts were pulled off beds, strange noises stomped through the house, and shoes were thrown across rooms. In this graphic narrative, real quotes from an account written by a family member help tell the story of this strange haunting, while other theories are presented to dispute the supernatural nature of the story. Do you believe in the Bell Witch?
In the late 1940s, the world watched as a small town in New Mexico was splashed across newspaper headlines. Reports of flying saucers crashing in the desert left people hungry for the truth. This graphic narrative presents first-hand eyewitness accounts and true military statements to tell that story. A timeline of events and theories behind the incident let readers make their own decisions on what they believe happened in the New Mexican desert.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are animated movies! From hand-drawn animation to computer-generated works, animation is a fascinating world of fantasy. But what goes into making these popular films? This high-interest title answers that question! Special features highlight famous animated works, and profiles of famous animators such as Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki introduce readers to animation pioneers. For readers interested in behind-the-scenes movie magic, this title is sure to deliver!
Gemstones are more than just pretty rocks. These stones serve a purpose far beyond jewelry or decoration! In this book, beautiful photos and interesting text combine to create a fascinating glimpse into the world of gemstones. Many special features turn this into a stand-out introduction to the subject, including a gemstone profile, comparison features, a formation diagram, and an activity. The text, photos, and features combine to create an engaging read sure to strike readers’ interest in gemstones!
An ordinary day turns disastrous as a regular training flight disappears. But what could have caused the crew to be so confused? This graphic narrative explores the most famous disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle, drawing from actual naval correspondence to tell the story. Detailed illustrations, a timeline of events, and possible explanations will grip readers and leave them wondering: what really happened to Flight 19?
Strange sightings around the quiet town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia set off a town-wide hunt for the flying “Mothman” with glowing red eyes. What was this creature, and what did its appearances mean? Detailed illustrations tell the story of the Mothman sightings in this high-interest graphic narrative based on real-life accounts. A timeline and possible explanations let readers think critically and look beyond the stories to decide what they believe about this mysterious beast.
In the early 1960s, Betty and Barney Hill had a wild story to tell: they believed they were abducted by aliens! This graphic narrative tells their story, from the night of the abduction to their later struggles to understand what happened. Alternate explanations explore other perspectives, while a timeline clarifies the sequence of events. Could the Hills have encountered beings from beyond this planet?
A flaming ship appears on the horizon. It sails closer and closer to land, when suddenly, it vanishes! With engaging research, maps, and easy-to-read infographics, this high-interest title explores the spooky history of phantom ships. A special profile tells of a famous example, while diagrams explain the science behind the technology used to investigate these occurrences. Readers will be left wondering, are these ships just a trick of the light? Or do ghosts truly haunt the seas?
Sedimentary rocks are the only type of rocks that contain fossils! But that’s not the only reason sedimentary rocks are important. Scientists study the rocks to learn about Earth’s history, while other people collect the rocks for use in construction, farming, and even art. This title introduces readers to these useful rocks, including information about how to identify them, how they form, and how people use them. Special features, including a profile, an activity, and formation diagrams, help highlight the key features of sedimentary rocks in this title for curious readers.
Plato first told the tale of Atlantis centuries ago, but the legend of the lost city persists. With daring deep-sea dives, exciting archeological digs, and high-tech mapping projects, researchers are determined to find out what happened to the shining city that once stood. Discover how people are searching for Atlantis, and explore the gear they use and the science behind how it works in special sidebars. This high-interest title gives young Atlantologists the evidence they need to uncover the truth about the lost city for themselves.
For most of us, igneous rocks are no more than a stone’s throw away. These underrated rocks make up more than half of Earth’s crust! Not only that, but they have many uses in building, medicine, and other industries. This title dives deep into the properties, types, formation, and uses of igneous rocks. Special features designed to visually engage readers such as a profile, an activity, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, complete this fact-filled read.
Metamorphic rocks form deep below Earth’s surface. Over thousands of years, they make their way to the surface. Then they are collected for use as building materials, sharpened tools, and even fertilizer! Interesting text and vivid photos engage readers in this fascinating book about metamorphic rocks. Additional special features, such as a rock profile, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, will help underscore the key features of these useful rocks for confident students who are reading to learn.
Special effects have come a long way over the past century! Computer-generated visual effects are now par for the course, bringing spectacular worlds to screens big and small. This title explores the history of visual effects, starting with the very first uses of CGI in the 1970s to the present day, where just about anything is possible! This title includes engaging text and vibrant photos that are sure to grip young readers. Additional special features highlight early visual effects, introduce pioneers in the field, and show off some of the best uses in modern movies!
Dozens of ships and planes have vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. Are giant rogue waves the culprit? Or could it be something more otherworldly? This title explores the theories, tools, and technology used to investigate the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Diagrams and other features look at the science behind some of the techniques and profile a famous investigation. Young readers can examine the evidence and draw their own conclusions about the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle.
Have you ever had a dream that seemed to come true? Or known a person’s thoughts before they said a word? You just might have extrasensory perception, or ESP! This book explores parapsychology, clairvoyance, and many experiments that set out to prove or disprove psychic powers. A narrative opening pulls the reader into the text, while helpful sidebars examine a famous experiment and the different types of ESP. Young readers can decide for themselves: is ESP fact or fraud?
Many are familiar with Andy Serkis’s groundbreaking motion capture role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series. But motion capture has come a long way since it first began! This title introduces the technology behind motion capture, using many of today’s most popular movies as examples. Special features highlight famous uses of motion capture, and pioneer profiles introduce some of the most influential mocap filmmakers in history. This high-interest title is sure to capture the attention of readers!
Get ready for a wild ride! From boats and planes to sports cars, vehicles have been used in movies since the dawn of film. Through gripping text and vibrant photos, this title explores some of the most famous on-screen vehicles in movie history. Special features introduce readers to movie pioneers, unique vehicles, and more. Whether you want to hit top speed in one of James Bond’s cruisers or learn how Herbie the Love Bug was chosen, this engaging book will take you along for the ride!
Time for a fossil hunt! Digging through a layer of sedimentary rock, scientists uncover many relics of prehistoric Earth. Tiny trilobites prove that a vast desert was once an ocean. Huge dinosaur fossils show where dinosaurs once roamed! With this title, readers will learn about the types of fossils, how they form, and why scientists study them today. This title includes engaging special features such as a fossil profile, a fossil comparison chart, formation diagrams, and more, all designed to introduce readers to the fascinating world of fossils.
Snowflakes float gently through the air. Aged cheeses add the perfect flavor to an afternoon snack. Gas stoves boil water for pasta. Each of these everyday objects contains crystals! They are in nature, in food, and in many of the appliances and electronics we use every day. This title explores the ins and outs of crystals, from how they are structured and how they form to how we use them. Special features such as a crystal profile, an activity, and several formation diagrams help readers understand the complex world of crystals!
Smartphones put a camera in just about everyone’s pocket, but it hasn’t always been so easy to take a snapshot. The 18th century brought a new innovation that allowed people to easily preserve a moment in time. That innovation carries on today! Through informative text, fun facts, and special features, this fascinating title explores how the camera was invented and how it continues to develop!
Many consider Thomas Edison the inventor of the light bulb, but this world-changing invention has a long history. Since the 19th century, many have worked to create and improve the light bulb. Starting from the light bulb’s early development all the way up to its modern uses, this informative title will fascinate anyone who wants to know about the invention that lights up the world!
The 20th century approaches, and life is about to change forever! Inventors across the world race to invent and innovate automobile designs. Which ones will end up on top? Anyone who has ever ridden in a car will appreciate this fascinating title about how the automobile got its start. Fun facts, a timeline, and inventor and automobile profiles show the importance of this amazing invention!