Synopses & Reviews
Foucault was small and slow moving as a child but he had a clever mind. Drawn to science as an adult he made an incredible discovery one that would allow him to prove the unprovable that the Earth does indeed spin on an axis. Mortensen's prose infuses this small scientific drama with remarkable tension while Allén's dramatically lit paintings often organized into elegant panels have a cinematic quality and amplify the action even further. It should enchant not only science lovers but any child who has felt awkward and dreamed big. Ages 7–9. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Like Léon Foucault, when LORI MORTENSEN was a kid, she was surrounded by experiments—not her own experiments, but experiments conducted by her father, a research chemist. As she grew older, her father dazzled her and her sister with all sorts of demonstrations—white waxy stuff that burst into flame when exposed to oxygen, food coloring that wicked up wet paper and separated into its primary colors, and backyard weeds that he distilled into his own special brand of cologne. Although Lori did not become a chemist, she remembered the fun of learning and discovery. Today, she is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes about all sorts of fascinating subjects ranging from Ancient Egypt, to honey bees, to Amelia Earhart. She lives and writes in the foothills of northern California with her family and a cat named Max.
RAÚL ALLÉN grew up in Valladolid, Spain. He received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca and then moved to Boston to study illustration and design. Raúl’s work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Madrid, and Barcelona, and has appeared in Rolling Stone and GQ magazines, among others. Raúl now lives in Spain. His first American picture book, Ocean Wide, Ocean Deep, was also published by Tricycle Press.