Skyscrapers: The Heights of Engineering: Science Comics

By: John Kerschbaum

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic— dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

In this volume, join a pair of superheroes as they uncover the secrets of skyscrapers, from the great Egyptians pyramids to the world’s tallest building. Read along and learn how skyscrapers are a bold combination of applied physics, ingenuity, and a lot of hard work!

Introduction. Glossary. Full-color illustrations were drawn in pencil, inked with pens, then scanned and colored in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781626727953

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Series: Science Comics
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Skyscrapers , Buildings , Superheroes , Engineering , History of skyscrapers , Science , Architecture , Comics and graphic novels

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In a visual history of the innovations that have made it possible to design and construct tall buildings, a nerdy superhero flies his sidekick Quiz Kid on a worldwide tour, from Egypt’s ancient Great Pyramid of Giza to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, with stops to pay homage to notable achievements in engineering, such as Chicago’s Home Insu In a visual history of the innovations that have made it possible to design and construct tall buildings, a nerdy superhero flies his sidekick Quiz Kid on a worldwide tour, from Egypt’s ancient Great Pyramid of Giza to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, with stops to pay homage to notable achievements in engineering, such as Chicago’s Home Insurance Building and New York’s Flatiron Building. From there, the duo check out the structural features of modern skyscrapers, watch a building go up, and learn about the nitty-gritty of foundations, concrete, trusses, the role of mass dampers in reducing vortex shedding, elevators, and the evolution of greener structures. Though the dialogue bubbles sometimes swell to the bursting point with information, our tour guide’s explanations are as clear as the cleanly drawn cartoon cutaways and construction sites. Quiz Kid’s exclamations (“Kewl!”, “Wowza!”) lighten the text, as do his flashbacks about rescuing his inept mentor from supervillains. The content consistently rises above the cutesy expressions: “But up, up, and away you go! Conquering obstacle after obstacle with science!” An engaging and welcome update to Lynn Curlee’s Skyscraper or Chris Oxlade’s Skyscrapers.

Book Details

ISBN

9781626727953

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

720

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Skyscrapers, Buildings, Superheroes, Engineering, History of skyscrapers, Science, Architecture, Comics and graphic novels,

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