The Magic School Bus-Review

A crazy teacher. A Lizard. A class full of bored kids. And a School Bus that can transform… What happens when you mix these together? THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS!! Travel into the Human Body, Space, and even back to when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth!

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Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

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Series Title/Author:

-The Magic School Bus. Joanna Cole.

Please Note: As far as I’m Aware, Joanna Cole is the sole Author of the books. A google search claims that there are more authors, but I am not sure if this is true. The only author I know about is Joanna Cole.    However, there is a single book that was written by another Author. Which book it was, though? Something about Photosynthesis. 

Original Series

Chapter Books

Scholastic Level 2

TV Show

There is news floating around that the TV Series is getting a Reboot. I do not know if this information is Valid. However, If it is, I’m really happy about that fact! T’was an amazing TV show!!

Times Read:

-Unknown.

One again, I am unsure of the amount of times I’ve read these. I know I read the Original series at least twice. However, the level 2 books and the chapter books I’m not sure about. In my Middle School, we watched the TV series while reading some of the TV Tie-In Books. However, Amazon does not have a “set” of these books. Which is why the link wasn’t added.

Genre:

-Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Scientific, Adventure, All Ages.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 3-10 for everything.

-My Opinion: Right around 3+. The Website says that everything is suitable for any age. And I have to agree with that. So, 3+. The + is for people like me. That still love the books for kids.

My boss saw me doing research for this review and was wondering why I was looking at something for kids. I didn’t tell him it was for a review I was writing. LOL.

Basic Review:

-A crazy teacher. Mrs. Frizzle. A Lizard.That is always on her head. A class full of bored kids. Who would rather be at home in bed. And a School Bus that can transform. Wait! What?! What happens when you mix these together? THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS!! Travel into the Human Body, Space, and even back to when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Long Review:

-Doesn’t that class sound like so much fun!!? No? Well, why not? Oh, Because it could never happen. Well, That is the magic of The Magic School Bus. It doesn’t have to be real. That is the real Magic. And since a lot of Science is included in Magic, this is the perfect book!!

I am speaking to the kids real quick: Do you remember how I reviewed The Magic Tree House? That series revolved around both History and Magic. This series revolves around Science and Magic. If you liked Magic Tree House, You’ll love Magic School Bus!  OH! And the books are much shorter if that has any appeal to you. 

I forget how old the children are in the books, But I believe the age range is 8-10. Ish. If I’m not mistaken, that age range is 2nd -4th/5th grade. (In American Schools). Cause Kindergarten is 6, right? Anyway.

The reason I stated the ages is because most kids who read these books are right around that age group. And, the class size is much bigger. Most kindergarten classes are around 10-12 students, At least mine was. Traditionally, the higher up in classes you go, the more students are in class. In this specific class, there are 19 students. 2 more are added later in the series. The books are told from the point of view of an unnamed student. This student is just an average school kid. So it is very personable with the younger children.

In my Middle School years, we watched the TV series. A lot of my classmates complained because they thought we were too old to watch a Kid’s show. It may have just been a kid’s show, but it was extremely informational. The first one we watched, and the most memorable, was the human body.

Now, I may get the facts wrong, as it has been a few years since I read/watched the Book/Episode. So, here’s what I think I remember.

Mrs. Frizzle and her class were in the classroom. She is just about to teach them about the human body. And someone asks a question about blood cells. Then Mrs. Frizzle gets an amazing idea! “To The Bus!”, she yells. All but one of her students run onto the bus. Why not all? Because the one student is sick at home.

The bus transforms into a flying bus. And as they travel to the sick kid’s house, the world is getting bigger. Or, are they getting smaller? Sure enough, when they get to the sick kid’s house, they are small enough to fly into the window. And up her nose. And that is where the story gets awesome!

They are the size of a Red Blood Cell.

Quick Fact Time! Who here knows how many red blood cells are located in a single drop of Blood? I ask this because I KNOW you have had a cut before. Just trust me here.

Anyone? Ok, almost 1 Billion Red Blood Cells in 1-2 drops of blood. Now, How many White Blood Cells are in a group of 600 Red Blood cells? 1. So Let’s do math!

If we have we have 1 Billion Red Blood cells, and there is 1 white blood in every group of 600 cells. Then we have……….. Ok, I just used google. I tried to do the conversions and my brain stoped working. Lol. There is anywhere between 7,000 and 25,000 white blood cells per drop of blood.

What do White Blood Cells do? 1: They help fight off disease. They also have the other super ability to make the red blood cells form together. So, They are an antivirus Glue of Sorts. This group of cells rises to the surface of your cut. And they work fast. That is why a Normal Cut Starts to scab over in under an hour. These White Blood cells are the ones that keep us safe. So you can imagine them as Knights in armor.

Sorry, That fact probably had too much information in it. But I hope you now get a better understanding of how tiny they really are. Think about it. They are the size of a red blood cell. There are almost 1 billion red blood cells in a single drop. Yeah, They’re that small!

They get to explore the human body. Not just the nose, But also the Blood vessels! Really Quick Fact! If you look at your veins, you’ll see that they are blue/purple. That is because that is what color your blood actually is. It only turns red when it mixes with oxygen. And that’s as much as I remember from my class… Lol

They visit the stomach, the eyes, the airways, even the BRAIN! Can you imagine how cool that would be?! Well, and terrifying at the same time. But so cool!

I am ashamed to say that I do not really remember the other books all too well. I only remember specific “Scenes”. If you don’t remember: I said in another review that I tend to put myself inside the book. So I can almost relive it whenever I want!

One scene was where they shrunk down again, went into a body of water and waited. Then they got pulled up to the clouds, and it started raining. They were in a drop of rain that turned into a snowflake…. Or was it the other way around? I don’t remember…

Another scene I can remember is where the class visited the ocean floor. I think one of the kids saw that sea plant/creature that looks like a brain. That may have been another book, but I think it was this book.

All In All (by 5th grade we were to never use that phrase again. My teachers would be so disappointed right now.) this is an amazing series to read. For everyone. It goes over the basics of science. And sure, some of the facts may be out of date. But why should that matter?

If you need me, Look for me in Mrs. Frizzle’s next school bus trip!

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-Well, Here’s the real question. Why did I choose it for the review, or just in general?

In general: Because it seemed like a book I would like. And sure enough, I loved it. I’m Just sad that I stopped reading them. But, my reading level progressed so much… So I guess it’s not too surprising then.

Review: I did the review on the Magic Tree House and stated that it was learning about history. And then I remembered that Magic School Bus could help with learning about science. I recommend it for all ages. But if you are younger and need the basics, and an adventure, I highly recommend this book!

Would Recommend?

-Yes. For everyone. I recently did a review on The Magic Tree House. (Link will be added shortly. This is being written 3 weeks before release date. DOW 1-19-17. If I forget, Please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page!) The Magic Tree House is more focused on history. However, this series is focused around Science. This is another series I highly recommend for everyone. Especially Middle and High School students. As studies tend to Drop during those years. This is a good way to Refresh your memory!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack