Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster


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Crown Books for Young Readers 2015
Science Curriculum

It's the first day of school at the Mad Scientist Academy and the werewolves, vampires, short versions of Frankenstein, etc. are coming off the school bus and walking in the front door wondering what will happen next.  These are new students so they understandably surprised when they discover their teacher, Dr. Cosmic, tied up in a rope and turned on his head.  Apparently, he tried to put a leash on one of the school pets, Oscar the dinosaur, and he escaped leaving the good doctor a bit disheveled.

Dr. Cosmic is working on a new project with a holographic, one-eyed paleontologist named Dr. Tibia.

Welcome to the world of fossils and prehistoric life and the occasional loose stomping dinosaur leg that passes by.  As the monstrous students take the exhibit tour with Dr. Tibia, the Mesozoic Era comes to life.  Dinosaur by dinosaur they collect a series of clues until suddenly the robotic dinosaurs go into "live" mode.

Dodging the plant-eaters and the meat-eaters and clutching their handbooks, the students work together (yes, it's a small group project) to stay alive and find a way out of the danger.  Turns out school can be really fun.  Good thing the dinosaurs are all dead and gone.... or are they?

40 pages      978-0553523744    Ages 5-9

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


Fans of Ada Twist, Scientist, will want to enroll in Dr. Cosmic's class of clever monsters at the Mad Scientist Academy as they solve the greatest challenges in science in this perfect blend of adventure and exploration. Welcome to Mad Scientist Academy! The first day of school is always exciting, and Dr. Cosmic’s new students can’t wait to get started. After their teacher reveals that their school pet, Oscar, is a dinosaur, they quickly realize Dr. Cosmic has an unusual teaching style. To find Oscar, the class has to follow the clues through the realistic dinosaur exhibit Dr. Cosmic designed and built over the summer. But when a malfunction causes the robotic dinosaurs to come alive, this prehistoric exhibit feels a little too real!---from the publisher


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