I’m a Neutrino

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A book review of I’m a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe by Dr. Eve M. Vavagiakis

A book review of I'm a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe by Dr. Eve M. Vavagiakis

Stars: *****

Candlewick Press (2023)
Picture Book>Science
40 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Before you finish reading this sentence, trillions upon trillions of neutrinos will have passed through your body. Not sure what a neutrino is? Get an up-close-and-personal introduction in this dazzling picture book from MIT Kids Press, told in lilting rhyme from the neutrino’s point of view and filled with mind-bending, full-bleed illustrations that swirl and splash the cosmos to life. Some of the smallest bits of matter known to exist—and they exist everywhere—neutrinos are inspiring cutting-edge and Nobel Prize–winning research. Here, playful text and watercolor illustrations blended with photographs distill the concept of these mysterious particles down to its essence. “Know Your Neutrinos” end notes provide context for each spread, amplifying the science and making complex astrophysics and physics concepts approachable. This indispensable STEM title urges children to dream of contributing their own discoveries.

I’m a Neutrino

Have you ever heard of a Neutrino? How about the words Muon or Tau? If your child (or you) are interested in physics or you want to encourage a love of science in your child, this book will do it. Neutrinos are so small they are hard to comprehend because we can’t see them. This book shows that nothing is too small to matter (pun intended – it’s matter!)

The illustrations by Ilze Lemesis are adorable and of course are one artists fun idea of what they look like since we don’t actually know.

Even better than the picture book itself is the end part. Explanations are given for each double page spread explaining more about neutrinos and/or what the illustrations represent. I think this is great for older kids who want more information.

Even my 16 year old loves this book!

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.