Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow


Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow by Carmelo Piazza and James Buckley

Age Range: 5 and up

Grade Level: K – 4

Hardcover: 96 pages

Publisher: POW! (February 3, 2015)

Genre: Nonfiction/science

Source: From publisher for review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A hands-on science book packed with fun experiments from rockstar science educator Carmelo the Science Fellow!
Designed to encourage kids’ natural love of science from an early age, this book promotes scientific observation, exploration, and analysis in a way that little kids can get excited about–through do-it-yourself experiments! Each chapter introduces a different branch of science, including biology, chemistry, and physics through kid-friendly experiments–all of which are linked to science curriculum requirements for grades K through 3. 
Each experiment includes an introductory question, complete materials list, step-by-step instructions, and Carmelo’s characteristic kid-tested jokes–and is accompanied by full-color illustrations. The experiments utilize common materials typically found around the house. A little bit of help from a grown-up is recommended, and encourages family science time. 


“With his exuberant personality, emphasizing humor above all, Mr. Piazza has earned the reputation as the archetypal cool teacher among the younger set.”–The New York Times

“Since getting tons of buzz for his goofball approach to science, Boerum Hill resident Carmelo Piazza has seen demand for his summer camps, kids’ classes and birthday parties soar.”–Time Out Kids NY

“Sidebars offer additional related information, and Piazza’s enthusiasm (and steady deployment of jokes) should easily spark readers’ interest in learning more about the way the world works.”
– Publishers Weekly 

“I’m so pleased with the book that I’m declaring Carmelo, James, and Chad all honorary Geek Dads for this amazing resource they’ve created for geek dads (and geek kids) everywhere.”
– GeekDad 

“I was shocked at how many materials I actually had on hand . . . Everyone in the audience—my 6-year-old, 3-year-old and myself—was impressed.”
– Brooklyn Based

“Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow by Carmelo Piazza and James Buckley Jr with illustrations by Chad Geran (be sure to check out Chad’s board book, Oh, Baby!) is by far the BEST science experiment book for kids I have seen in my two decades of children’s book selling and parenting.”
– Books 4 Your Kids 

About the Authors:

Carmelo “the Science Fellow” Piazza has been teaching science for more than 16 years, and has become locally famous for his signature high-energy, funny, charismatic style. Carmelo’s afterschool and summer camp programs are so popular that parents line up overnight in frigid February temperatures to ensure their little ones a spot! In 2013, Carmelo opened New York City’s first Preschool of Science in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn–a second branch opens in Fall 2015, with plans for continued expansion. Carmelo’s series of science experiment videos are popular on YouTube, and he is developing a television show. Carmelo has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in environmental science.

Jim Buckley is the author of more than 100 books for kids, and has contributed hundreds of articles to dozens of national magazines. Formerly editor of two national children’s magazines, Jim was also senior editor with NFL Publishing and editorial projects manager for Sports Illustrated. Jim lives in Santa Barbara, CA. 

My Thoughts:

The science experiments in this book are intended for children ages 5 and up.  I found that assessment to be spot on.  I have two kids (7 and 5) and they absolutely loved this book.  The experiments were simple enough that my kids could do them with minimal interference from me, yet were fun and interesting enough to keep them engaged.  My seven year old went through the entire book and marked the experiments she wanted to do, then we worked through them together.

There are some of the usual experiments in here, like making a volcano or playdough, but there are other ones too, like writing secret messages in invisible ink, lifting fingerprints, and making foot/hand molds.  My kids had a great time with these experiments, and I was happy to have something for them to do during all the snow days we had recently!

This is a great book for kids ages 5 and up.  Older kids would find it too simple, but it’s perfect for the younger crowd.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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    Adriana Garcia
    April 4, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I love that the book follows the science curriculum so I can use this when I teach in the future for some fun experiment days.

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