Gravity Is Bringing Me Down (Hardcover)

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Gravity Is Bringing Me Down (Hardcover)


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Staff Reviews

A picture book for the days when the world feels against you. Filled with beautiful illustrations and ways to shift perspective.

- Jenny

— From Mountain View

Gravity becomes a very personal problem for a girl as she stumbles and tumbles through a long day. A hilarious look at a core science concept for any kid who has ever had a case of the clumsies!

When Leda wakes up by falling out of bed, she knows that gravity is in a very bad mood. Again.

Sure enough, she struggles with stumbles and bumbles at home, trips and blips on the bus, and bashes and crashes in the classroom. But a lesson on gravity helps her understand what’s really going on. And after a visit to a science center, Leda's mood is lifted...just in time for her to tumble-- happily!--into bed.

With a very funny text from award-winner Wendelin Van Draanen and bright, bouncy illustrations from Cornelia Lia, Gravity is Bringing Me Down makes it hilariously clear how this science concept impacts kids' lives every day.
WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN is the acclaimed author of more than thirty novels. Her novels for teens include Flipped, The Running Dream, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; Wild Bird; Confessions of a Serial Kisser; and Runaway. Her books for younger readers include the eighteen-book Sammy Keyes mystery series, winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award; The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, winner of the Josette Frank Award; and Swear to Howdy. Van Draanen lives in California with her husband.

CORNELIA LI is a Chinese born illustrator currently based in Toronto. A self-proclaimed science nerd, she has collaborated on several science related picture books: The Trouble With Time Travel by Stephen W. Martin, and Hello, Opportunity by Shaelyn McDaniel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780593375921
ISBN-10: 0593375920
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 16th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
"In this funny, fresh take on a day gone wrong, Van Draanen and Li are sympathetic to their protagonist’s travails, presenting readers with the opportunity to see in resilient Leda—and themselves—that whatever gravity may throw down, they’ll rise above it." —Publishers Weekly

"This cheerful tale uses Leda’s case of the clumsies to introduce the concept of gravity. An engaging flight of imagination, grounded in fact." —Kirkus Reviews

"A perfect read for a day when everything feels wildly imperfect, this offers a stealthy combination of science and social/emotional learning." — Bulletin

"Van Draanen presents a fun exploration of gravity by making the science lesson engaging and accessible. And most everyone can relate to Leda and her clumsy day!" —School Library Journal