Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 10
- Grade: 2 to 5
In just a minute...your heart will beat 60 to 100 times, your kitchen faucet will send two to four gallons of water down the drain, a cheetah racing after its food will run the length of four to five football fields... What else can happen in just a minute? Readers will have to follow David (who is almost five million minutes old) through his zany day — which involves escaped animals, a crashed movie set, and backyard hijinks — to find out. As readers come along for the ride, they learn a myriad of facts — featured as fast facts on the pages — related to what can happen in a minute in the world all around them. A special section at the back of the book presents a brief history of time devices, from sundials to water clocks and candle clocks, all the way through to atomic clocks. Howlingly funny, surprising, and fascinating, this is a tour through time that readers won’t want to miss.
About the authors
Jeff Szpirglas has written several award-nominated non-fiction books and two terrifying novels for middle-grade readers, Evil Eye and Dentures of Doom. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children and two cats (the cats are not twins). In his spare time, he teaches second grade. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
Stephen MacEachern attended Sheridan Institute for animation and illustration and has taught in the illustration program there. He is a Web and print designer as well as an illustrator. He has illustrated more than ten children's books. He lives in Erin, Ontario.
A book that can be returned to over and over...every page has jokes and fascinating information to catch the eye.
CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
This book is pure fun with a surprising amount of information included...The illustrations are dramatic, lively, and set a rapid pace for the story. There is so much to discover on every page. Young readers should enjoy the statistics — a lot can happen in just a minute!
Dip into the book at any page and you're guaranteed to come across a new piece of information about our world that you've never encountered before...a particularly wonderful book because Szpirglas takes special care to present the facts in an accessible manner.
Canadian Children’s Book News
The key here lies in relating time to everyday events, and Just a Minute! is packed with examples that young readers will understand and enjoy.
Quill & Quire
Just a Minute! A Crazy Adventure in TimeIn this lively, fun-filled book, Jeff Szpirglas introduces readers to all of the jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring phenomena that can happen in a minute (and an hour, a day, a month, etc.). Through bite-sized factoids scattered throughout the book, readers learn how many times a shrew’s heart beats in a minute, how much a Komodo dragon can eat in one minute, how many minor earthquakes take place on Earth every minute, and more.
While these exciting facts are neatly woven together by way of a brief story involving ten-year-old David, a family trip and the extraordinary turns they take along the way, you don’t have to read the pages in order – the book is made for berry picking. Dip into the book at any page and you’re guaranteed to come across a new piece of information about our world that you’ve never encountered before. Also included is a very short section at that back of the book on the history of different devices that tell time: candles, hourglasses, pendulum clocks and more.
Just a Minute! is a particularly wonderful book because Szpirglas takes special care to present the facts in an accessible manner. His clear explanations make it easy for readers to understand and visualize all of the information being presented. For example, units of measurement used in the book include school rulers, thumb widths and movie runtimes – as in, a space shuttle takes about ninety minutes (around the length of a movie) to make a full orbit of Earth.
The book’s content and cartoon-style design will appeal to enthusiastic readers and reluctant readers alike. The fun facts are perfectly paired with Stephen MacEachern’s entertaining, action-packed illustrations. There’s so much to see and learn on every page that this book will definitely get read and re-read.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2009. Vol.32 No.3.
Other titles by Jeff Szpirglas
Blood on Black Wax
Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl (Expanded Edition)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Soundtracks on Vinyl
Canadian Sabotage (Countdown to Danger)
Tales from the Fringes of Fear
Tales from Beyond the Brain
Canadian Survival (Countdown to Danger)
X Marks the Spot
Other titles by Stephen MacEachern
Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More
The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont
How Football Works
How Figure Skating Works
Trucs et astuces pour faire marcher tes amis
18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
How Soccer Works
Lights, Camera, Action!
Making Movies and TV from the Inside Out
Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out
Investigating the Hidden Workings of Your Home