I’ve received some interesting criticisms as an author. If you’re familiar with my work, you know that my picture books rhyme. In fact, I believe all picture books should rhyme. The rhythm of the words enhances the reading experience for both the child and adult. My books are filled with scientific facts, so I describe them as being science-based, but they are fun, too. My goal is to educate while entertaining.
In one of my writing critique groups, a fellow poet has repeatedly criticized my work for combining science and poetry. In his opinion, science and poetry should never be mixed. Scientific facts dilute the quality of the poetry, he says. Since I am using poetry (I am a musician and rhythm comes naturally to me) to convey science, I disagree with his opinion. Don’t worry, I will continue to write rhyming science-based books. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
I recently read an article in American Scientist that explored humor and mathematics. In Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Theorem Before (September-October 2020:108 (5), author Daniel S. Silver describes how mathematics has been lurking in our humor. Other types of science have been lying in wait, as well.
Question. What do you give a person who has everything?
There’s medicine, from comedian Steve Martin:
First the doctor told me the good news. I was going to have a disease named after me.
Q. What do baby parabolas drink?
A. Quadratic formula.
There’s social science:
Q. Tell me, comrade, what is capitalism?
A. The exploitation of man by man.
Q. And what is communism?
A. The reverse.
The sciences can be enjoyed in many ways, from jokes to coloring pages to puzzles.
Entertain. Educate. It’s what we do at Lyric Power Publishing.
Book Note: Here is one of my fun, rhyming science-based books, Don’t Make Me Rattle! It is filled with interesting facts about this desert snake so many fear—and we don’t have to fear it. That’s why education is so important. Learn what to do to avoid an unintended meeting with this reptile. And, did you know that rattlesnakes babysit for each other? Or that they coil up in the rain to catch drinking water? Learn all about them soon with your own copy of Don’t Make Me Rattle!, available at Amazon.com.