Reed, Lynn Rowe. Orville Orbit: The Mooey Pooey Science Project. Lago Vista, TX: Plaid People Press, 2018.
It’s Science Fair Time. Orville and Myron decide they are going to build the best project – a cow manure converter that supplies methane gas to power a spaceship. Orville is a smart fourth-grader and the brains behind the project. Myron is a farm boy and the provider of the cow manure. Then there is Ralphie the class bully whom the boys trick into eating cow manure. Orville and Myron determine which food will produce the stinkiest cow gas. Ralphie figures out how to sabotage the boys’ project.
Lynn Reed seems to understand late elementary/middle school humor. The book is full of it. And, with the topic of converting manure to gas, you can imagine there is a lot of bathroom language – words like gas, poo, and laxative – enough to make any middle school boy giggle. There is also some science which will please some teachers.
There are many things I like about this book – particularly the science and its appeal to reluctant readers. Because of the bathroom humor, I would caution librarians to read the book before purchasing to make sure it fits within the acquisition guidelines of your school. I would put Orville Orbit in the same category as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
I received a review copy of the book from the author. I was not required to give a positive review.