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Book Review: The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case # 2: Mineral Mischief by Renee Hand

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As a teacher I am always in search of books that will keep my students captivated. Even though I do not teach science, after reading Renee Hand’s book The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case # 2: Mineral Mischief, I am certain this fun book can be used as a resource to get second and third graders interested in science.

This book satisfies the requirement of the National Science Education Standards for Earth and Space Science. The author uses animal characters to introduce in concrete ways information about rocks. The story starts with Maple Moo, a cow whose rare mineral goes missing.

Maple Moo seeks the help of two famous detectives, Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, to help her recover the missing mineral. Will the detectives be able to find the missing mineral? The twists and turns will keep the young reader in suspense until the very end, all the while he or she will be learning about minerals and rocks.

I am hugely impressed with the author’s abilities to present a wealth of information in a hands-on way. Most children are visual learners, and this is what makes The Adventures very valuable in a science classroom.

The author also includes a picture of the rock cycle, terminology, a ‘Did You Know’ section, which gives tons of extra information about rocks and minerals.

Various experiments and works on inquiries, creating charts and using variables and constants to determine an outcome of particular rocks and elements are also included at the back of the book.

The humorous illustrations by Jake Karwoski make the book even more appealing to the reader. The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case # 2 is a book, in my opinion, every science teacher should have in her classroom.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.
  • http://www.reneeahand.com Renee Hand

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Nicole. I greatly appreciate it. I also have a giveaway going on for readers to be able to win a whole set of various rocks and minerals and much more.

    Thank you again!
    Renee