Science Behind Outlandish Ways to Die

Today I have a book that looks at the science behind outlandish ways to die.  I mean haven’t you always wanted to know how bad it really is to slip on a banana peel and could it be the trigger for your demise?  Well wonder no longer as this book can actually answer that question.

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Title: And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If you Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagarascience behind outlandish ways to die and then you're dead
Author: Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty
Target: Grades 6 and up
Series: No

What this book is about:

This book analyzes unique and outlandish ways to die. It looks at the science behind slipping on a banana peel, being buried alive, attacked by a swarm of bees or being hit by a meteorite – to name a few. They draw on actual scientific experience, where available and hypothesize when necessary. Of course if your actual experience differs from their speculation, they apologize in advance, but strongly discourage you from actually jumping into a volcano to try and prove them wrong.

Why I love this book:

  • How fun is this book to get kids interested in STEM? I love the premise of this book and the outlandish propositions just add to the fun. I mean what kid doesn’t want to know what would happen if they just stayed in bed … forever.
  • The science is actually understandable. Ok, I am not particularly gifted in the scientific arena, but if I focused on the explanations and took my time reading each section, I really did come away with sound fact based reasons for why and how these events would happen.
  • This book reads more like a conversation than a textbook, making the narrative very approachable. Each section is only a few pages so kids won’t be overwhelmed. It is also pretty funny, so kids will be drawn into each scenario.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who always ask “why?” Fabulous for kids drawn to non fiction or kids who love books like What If?

Fun fact:

One of the writers is codirector at the Exploratorium, a hands on science museum in San Francisco that I have loved since I was a kid.

To purchase this book:

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