For Batman, “The World’s Greatest Detective”, science is a huge part of his war on crime. But this is a comic, could any of his gear have a basis in reality? That’s what Agnieszka Biskup and Tammy Enz’ book Batman Science aims to explore.
Broken up into four easy to digest chapters this book takes on Batman’s suit, his weapons, his ground vehicles, and his flying vehicles. In each chapter sections break down the topic even further addressing specific qualities of his gear and equating them to their real world counterparts. When talking about the batsuit’s fire resistance they explain how Nomex works and how it is used to protect firefighters and race car drivers. And it’s done in straight-forward easy to understand language perfect for your older grade schooler (5th grade and up). Though the language is accessible they didn’t make the mistake of dumbing the info down, which is a relief for parents, like me, who constantly feel the need to make sure the super hero books we give our kids are challenging enough.
As you can see the imagery is great and the page layouts are interesting and informative. If you’ve got a super hero fan at home who’s hit the age of fact finding this is a perfect book to offset all the Guinness Book of World Records and I Survived… your kids keep picking out of the Scholastic catalogs every month.
Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman’s Gear
by Agnieszka Biskup, Tammy Enz
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Brand: DC Super Heroes
Age Level: 10-15 Years
Reading Level: Grades 5-9
Page Count: 144