The love of science is portrayed greatly and may inspire children to make little science journals of their own. However, the stereotype that girls are not good at math is subtly implied. In the book, Sam has problems with fractions and writes them backwards (which may confuse young readers). Also, when the journal entries are written out, some words are misspelled or have incomplete descriptions with questions. Although it may be realistic since the journals are supposed to be written by a fourth grader, they do not help young readers pedagogically.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA