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There's a new kid at Camp Dakota! It's Megan's first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers' fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they've learned to solve the mystery of wher There's a new kid at Camp Dakota! It's Megan's first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers' fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they've learned to solve the mystery of where it went--and why? Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!


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There's a new kid at Camp Dakota! It's Megan's first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers' fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they've learned to solve the mystery of wher There's a new kid at Camp Dakota! It's Megan's first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers' fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they've learned to solve the mystery of where it went--and why? Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

30 review for The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery About Gravity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Reviewed for Good Comics for Kids Blog at School Library Journal. http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkid... Reviewed for Good Comics for Kids Blog at School Library Journal. http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkid...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Sands

    Good book for elementary aged kids. Teaches science without feeling educational.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren S

    I have enjoyed this book in the series the most, because I actually learned a couple of new facts by reading it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Silver

    The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity is about a group of kids at a summer camp as they learn about gravity while looking for a missing cuckoo clock. I thought this book had a really cool way of teaching kids about gravity and some of the way it works. The mystery kept you reading while the interjections of gravity facts became intriguing. The thought processes leading up to each gravity fact were laid out in a way that was easy to follow. It was an overall interesting story with bot The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity is about a group of kids at a summer camp as they learn about gravity while looking for a missing cuckoo clock. I thought this book had a really cool way of teaching kids about gravity and some of the way it works. The mystery kept you reading while the interjections of gravity facts became intriguing. The thought processes leading up to each gravity fact were laid out in a way that was easy to follow. It was an overall interesting story with both science and moral idea learning. This book is a mystery book, but is also informational. Each page has sections of pictures with a black border and white gutters. The text is contained in classic dialogue bubbles and occasional text boxes for the gravity facts. The color scheme tended to stay in the browns and greens which kept true to the feeling of nature since the story took place at a summer camp. The pages were single pages layout. One of the unique parts of this book was the interactive section at the end that had experiments, "mystery words" and explained how the characters used the gravity facts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Schott

    The Missing Cuckoo Clock by Lynda Beauregard is the 5th in the Summer Camp Science Mystieries series of books. Here we join the kids at Camp Dakota and meet our newest camper, Megan. We learn more about gravity throughout the book, starting with how gravity powers a cuckoo clock. Throughout the book, we see the kids being kids – doing the sort of things that kids would do at summer camp. They swim, and we learn about center of gravity. We learn a bit about how gravity can compress our spines thro The Missing Cuckoo Clock by Lynda Beauregard is the 5th in the Summer Camp Science Mystieries series of books. Here we join the kids at Camp Dakota and meet our newest camper, Megan. We learn more about gravity throughout the book, starting with how gravity powers a cuckoo clock. Throughout the book, we see the kids being kids – doing the sort of things that kids would do at summer camp. They swim, and we learn about center of gravity. We learn a bit about how gravity can compress our spines throughout the day as Megan learns she isn’t tall enough to ride a horse. The kids make a gravity-powered clock using water and some cups. We even learn a bit about how gravity affects everything the same, though other properties such as surface area can work to counteract those effects. The book is well illustrated – definitely a graphic novel as opposed to just a comic book. The key points are called out in a separate panel to draw attention to them, but never in a long, drawn-out way. The explanations work well for the elementary-aged target group and the book is filled with small bits of humor to keep the kids entertained. It’s not a long read, but introduces some basic concepts of gravity and physics to kids. There are some experiments and questions at the end of the book to help the readers solidify their understanding or to try out some of the concepts. My Take: I think this is a pretty good resource for younger kids to start learning some basics of gravity. It’s not a text book, but if this is something that the kids need to understand, it can be an aid to get them interested to learn more about it in a fun manner. I actually look forward to reading through some more of this series. They’re short reads, entertaining, and I think well-produced for this age group. Disclaimer: I was provided with a preview copy of this book with no expectations on anyone’s part. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    When I was given the opportunity to review an educational comic book, how could I possibly say no? I'm a huge fan of entertaining books that manage to educate kids without boring them, so THE MISSING CUCKOO CLOCK: A MYSTERY ABOUT GRAVITY most definitely sounded like the kind of book that I'd love to support. Through a series of vivid, gorgeous illustrations, a group of kids play around at summer camp and casually learn lessons about gravity that integrate perfectly with their play time events of When I was given the opportunity to review an educational comic book, how could I possibly say no? I'm a huge fan of entertaining books that manage to educate kids without boring them, so THE MISSING CUCKOO CLOCK: A MYSTERY ABOUT GRAVITY most definitely sounded like the kind of book that I'd love to support. Through a series of vivid, gorgeous illustrations, a group of kids play around at summer camp and casually learn lessons about gravity that integrate perfectly with their play time events of the moment. For example, one girl wants to be able to ride the horses, but she's just a hair too short to qualify for the activity. So, she is advised to come back in the morning, because gravity weighs down on her spine causing her to be a teeny bit shorter by the end of the day. Cool, no? And, I must admit, there were a few little tidbits about gravity that were new to me, which definitely made this an exciting little read. I never realized that a simple cuckoo clock could be such a catalyst for learning! At the end of the book, the author has included a few fun segments, including a couple of experiments about gravity that would be easy for kids to perform with a parent, as well as a glossary that define key terms in a way that is simple and easy to understand. I didn't realize that this book is part of a series, but of course it works perfectly fine as a stand alone book. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this gem. I look forward to reading more from the series in the future!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Before I even picked this book up, I was fascinated. As a librarian, I am always intrigued by books that are educational and still fun to read. Plus, graphic novels are always desired and checked out. While I am not thrilled beyond measure, now that I have read it, I am not disappointed either. Lynda Beauregard’s text and Der-shing Helmer’s illustrations combine to make an interesting book. It is excellent at pointing out principles of gravity. Beauregard also manages to show simple science exp Before I even picked this book up, I was fascinated. As a librarian, I am always intrigued by books that are educational and still fun to read. Plus, graphic novels are always desired and checked out. While I am not thrilled beyond measure, now that I have read it, I am not disappointed either. Lynda Beauregard’s text and Der-shing Helmer’s illustrations combine to make an interesting book. It is excellent at pointing out principles of gravity. Beauregard also manages to show simple science experiments that readers can reproduce at home, not to mention the science experiments in the appendices. These have great information and look fun and informative. Helmer’s illustrations are bright and lively and the graphic novel style (as mentioned earlier) is sure to attract and keep interest. However, though it is fun and cute, the story seems to suffer a little from the need to inform. The title, The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity, is a little misleading as the most detecting that is done is one counselor saying, “Maybe so and so took it, I’ll go ask” and a gravity experiment, after the clock is returned to discover why it is running slow. Additionally there is time spent engaging in activities with no apparent purposes other than to introduce another aspect of gravity. Regardless, the book is sure to appeal to young readers and impart some scientific facts. I shall certainly be looking for more in the series. 3/5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Summer Camp Science Mysteries continue to teach basic science principles with a fun graphic novel mystery. There are some of our old friends from previous adventures as well as some new. This mystery focuses on gravity and its effects on everything from the human body to a ballpoint pen to a cuckoo clock that is now missing from the wall of the camp mess hall. The kids notice the missing timepiece and get busy trying to find out what really happened. Their investigation leads to a gravity-challe Summer Camp Science Mysteries continue to teach basic science principles with a fun graphic novel mystery. There are some of our old friends from previous adventures as well as some new. This mystery focuses on gravity and its effects on everything from the human body to a ballpoint pen to a cuckoo clock that is now missing from the wall of the camp mess hall. The kids notice the missing timepiece and get busy trying to find out what really happened. Their investigation leads to a gravity-challenged baton and a naughty camper. These graphic novels are a great way for kids 2nd grade and up to learn about science and its practical applications in their daily lives. The graphic novel format makes it accessible to kids with varying learning abilities as well as reluctant readers who would never pick up a typical science book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Davis

    Gravity is giving a lot of the campers at Camp Dakota trouble this summer. The biggest probably is when the cuckoo clock goes missing, and the kids have to use gravity to figure out who stole the cuckoo clock. I would use this book to read to my class as a transition from language arts to science. I would read this before doing a lesson on gravity, so the students have a background on the subject.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leesa

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Bell

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Rivera

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Kitchen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Simran

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Frazier

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  19. 4 out of 5

    Der-shing

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Sandstrom

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  22. 5 out of 5

    katelyn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Esquivelkiddos

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  26. 5 out of 5

    George

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beyond the Pages

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaden

  29. 5 out of 5

    Akia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad

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