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The Observologist

A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A highly illustrated, playful field guide for budding natural scientists and curious observers of the world right under our noses.

Observology is the study of looking. An observologist makes scientific expeditions, albeit very small ones, every day. They notice interesting details in the world around them. They are expert at finding tiny creatures, plants, and fungi. They know that water snails glide upside down on the undersurface of the water; not all flies have wings; earthworms have bristles; butterflies taste with their feet. An observologist knows that there are extraordinary things to be found in even the most ordinary places.

The Observologist puts more than 100 small creatures and features of the natural world under the microscope, piquing our curiosity with only the most interesting facts. Subjects range from slugs, ants, and seeds to fungi, flies, bees, and bird poop.

But this is no everyday catalog of creatures. It is an antidote to boredom, an invitation out of the digital world and screentime, an encouragement to observe our environment, with care and curiosity, wherever we are.

Facts combine with comics, detailed illustrations, science, and funny stories in this unique, warm, and fascinating account of the small things all around us. Graphic and comic illustrations with funny talking insects make this a playful and informative book one to be treasured in the classroom.

Giselle Clarkson has a comics and conservation background. Through her unique sensibility, you’ll find that once you start thinking small, there’s no limit to what you can notice—right under your nose.

Praise for The Observologist:
“A charming work sure to spark a lifelong habit of looking closely at the natural world.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

“With lots of useful pieces of information, you can dip in and out and learn something new each time.”—National Library of New Zealand, Best Children’s Books of 2023

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2024-02-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051100, JNF003120, JNF051050
Dewey 333.71
Dimensions 7.9 x 10.2
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Giselle Clarkson

Giselle Clarkson is an illustrator and comic artist based in Greytown, New Zealand, known for her comics on conservation and environmental topics. She has illustrated award-winning picture books and nonfiction and is a 2023 Arts Foundation Laureate, receiving the prestigious Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

The Observologist

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Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Clarkson’s fond factoids and mindful sketches express joy in learning while promoting empathy for tiny creatures . . . Nature nerds will rejoice in this compendium of creepy-crawlies.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“An amusing approach to a traditional field guide, displaying intricate illustrations. Clarkson’s environmental book is well suited for developing naturalists as well as curious observers. It deserves a place of honor on every library shelf and will be a valuable asset in classrooms.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his book will have readers sharpening their senses in no time. A charming work sure to spark a lifelong habit of looking closely at the natural world.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews