Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody by Chris Ferrie

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody by Chris Ferrie

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I knew I had to read this book as soon as I saw it, I couldn’t believe there was a parody of one of my childhood classics! This book follows a young girl getting ready for bed in her scientific lab. The reader is introduced to many scientific things, from simple things like a pen, a lab notebook, and lab coats, to more advanced things like liquid nitrogen and spectrometers. Though this book is wonderful and nostalgic to read, I do wish there was a glossary in the back for all the scientific instruments. While naming them is a good introduction, and everything rhymed well, there was no explanation for what they do either in the story or in the back of the book. I feel that would’ve been an excellent addition.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to children, only because I feel it is in some ways a “fan service” for adults who grew up with the original story. While the thought is nice, and the rhymes well executed, there is no explanation for what these scientific tools are or what they do. Unless the person reading this to their child is a scientist themselves, it may be awkward to read to children. While I appreciate its message about the importance of science and I love that the main character is a girl, I think it the whole thing could’ve been executed better.

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