"Mrs. Riley Bought Five Itchy Aardvarks" and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Science Facts

From the Series Adventures in Memory ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

They say elephants never forget. Once you read this book, neither will you! Brian P. Cleary has tips for tackling all types of tricky science facts. This book is bursting with acrostics, acronyms, poems, songs, and more. Need to keep track of the order of the planets? Mel can help. As in: “Mel’s Very Excited Ma Just Served Us Nachos.” How about photosynthesis? Sing a song about it to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”! And better yet, you’ll get ideas for how you can create your very own painless memory tricks. Lively illustrations from J. P. Sandy add to the fun of this UNFORGETTABLE series!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
BISACS JNF055000, JNF051000
Dewey 372.35'044
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 780
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 124260
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: J. P. Sandy

J. P. Sandy has been creating cartoons and humorous illustrations for newspapers, magazines, and greeting cards for over 25 years. Working alongside best-selling author Brian Cleary, Mr. Sandy has illustrated the Adventures in Memory™ series, Rhyme and PUNishment, and The Laugh Stand. Mr. Sandy and his wife have two sons and a dog and live in Rocky River, Ohio.


  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2008


Library Media Connection

“This colorful and humorously illustrated book is a mixed bag of mnemonics to help students learn long scientific names; confusing terms and definitions; facts in basic earth, space, physical, life sciences; and the scientific method.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“Readers can learn how to remember simple facts such as that the Earth orbits the Sun and the Moon orbits the Earth, or more challenging information such as the elements of the Mohs hardness scale. . . Colorful cartoons match the lightheartedness of the presentation. Teachers will find several examples useful during related lessons. . .”
School Library Journal

Science Books & Films

“This short (48 pages), well-written, often cleverly phrased, entertaining, humorous, engaging, colorfully illustrated book should be in every school and public library.”
Science Books & Films