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What Floats in a Moat?



by
Lynne Berry
illustrated by
Matthew Cordell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Simon & Schuster
ISBN
9781416997634

Awards and Honors
IRA Children’s Choices 2015: Young Readers (Grades 3 & 4)
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

“‘Drawbridge, straw-bridge,’” says Archie the goat. “‘This is no time for a drawbridge. This is a time for science!’” But can he build a boat that floats? Author’s note. Full-color illustrations rendered in pen and ink with watercolor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

F

AR

3.1: points 0.5

Lexile

AD400L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Stories in rhyme. Floating bodies. Goats. Chickens.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In the tradition of classic cartoon-art picture books, this gem tells a fun, slapstick story while teaching the basic physics of buoyancy and Archimedes’s principle. Archie the Goat wants to devise a method of crossing the moat to the castle. His friend Skinny the Hen suggests simply taking the drawbridge, but Archie prefers a challenge and sets out to build a contraption to float. The entertaining spot art done with pen-and-ink and watercolor is full of energy and movement, drawing out the humor in the punchy text. Using barrels of buttermilk, Archie tries to make it across the moat. All day and into the night, much puzzling and experimenting results in a dripping goat and a far less skinny hen. Finally, Archie gets it right and floats across to meet a very frustrated porcine queen who wants to know what happened to the rest of her buttermilk. An author’s note further explains buoyancy and wonderful barrel endpapers complete the package. This story will liven up any science class and also hold its own as a spirited pleasure read.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In the tradition of classic cartoon-art picture books, this gem tells a fun, slapstick story while teaching the basic physics of buoyancy and Archimedes’s principle. Archie the Goat wants to devise a method of crossing the moat to the castle. His friend Skinny the Hen suggests simply taking the drawbridge, but Archie prefers a challenge and sets out to build a contraption to float. The entertaining spot art done with pen-and-ink and watercolor is full of energy and movement, drawing out the humor in the punchy text. Using barrels of buttermilk, Archie tries to make it across the moat. All day and into the night, much puzzling and experimenting results in a dripping goat and a far less skinny hen. Finally, Archie gets it right and floats across to meet a very frustrated porcine queen who wants to know what happened to the rest of her buttermilk. An author’s note further explains buoyancy and wonderful barrel endpapers complete the package. This story will liven up any science class and also hold its own as a spirited pleasure read.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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