Latta, Sara Smash! Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider 71 pgs. Graphic Universe (Lerner), 2017. $11.99. Content: G.
This graphic novel features two cousins Nick and Sophie spending some time at CERN. Sophie is good at science and Nick is good at art, in fact his making a comic and needs a superhero character idea. Sophie takes Nick on a tour (part in the imagination) during which Nick (and the reader) learn all about Atoms, Quarks, the supercollider and more, as part of a bigger discussion on what is the universe made of. Features black and white comic book style illustrations.
This is a complex book that is just stuffed with science information that I haven’t touched since high school. It dives in rather quickly and rapidly became super confusing due to my lack of familiarity with these concepts. I think it could work for readers that have been studying the topic in depth, who may find that graphic novel focus on a visuals a good way to relate to the information and/or review it. I do not think it is a great way to introduce the concepts. As for the illustrations, I felt very cheated when I found they were all in black and white but the cover was color.
MS –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.