Whizz Pop Bang Magazine
Whizz Pop Bang! is a kids’ science magazine that incorporates home experiments, crafts, interviews, and articles. Each issue centers on a theme, such as baking, coding, or things with wheels, and begins with a spread of science trivia, followed by a collection of features about the theme. Small icons indicate whether an activity is a craft using science, an experiment, an activity that requires adult assistance, or a quick and easy activity. The “Animal Antics” feature humorously incorporates biology into issues that are otherwise focused on other branches of science; the “Coding” issue, for example, spotlights moths (the original, literal computer bug), and the “Wild Wheels” issue features an article about the dung beetle (because it rolls balls of animal poop). Each issue includes a brief activity connecting responsible ecology to the theme, and each issue highlights a scientist discussing his or her job. Many puzzles, mazes, games, and other interactive activities are distributed throughout the magazine. Each issue closes with a page of jokes and science questions from readers, and a comic strip on the back cover.
Features are packed with interesting science information that is clearly explained for young readers. The activities are appealing, well designed, and varied enough to be appropriate for a wide range of children based on age, interest level, and available time. The attractive illustrations and diagrams are helpful for organizing and clarifying information. The articles and interviews subtly acknowledge and combat the issue of bias in scientific fields. The interview in the “Wild Wheels” issue features a scientist who competes as a wheelchair racer and designs wheelchairs that can go underwater, and the “Coding” issue highlights two women coders: video game designer Brooke Maggs, and historic early computer designer Ada Lovelace. Although on the pricier side, Whizz Pop Bang! is will satisfy kids who already love science; it will draw in those who don’t yet know they do.
Naomi Lesley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.