Perfect Picture Book Friday: MARIE CURIE and the Power of Persistence PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends.

I love when new books come out and I know the author and/or illustrator. And it’s especially cool when I’ve actually met them…in person! These days, with social distancing, that isn’t happening very often. But luckily, a few months ago, I happened to be in the Chicago area and was able to have lunch with the wonderful author of today’s featured book. We even spent a few minutes at one of the local bookstores in Evanston, Bookends and Beginnings. And because Karla is such a sweetheart, she is offering a copy of this brand-new only-out-in-the-world-for-a-week book as a giveaway!


Written by Karla Valenti

With Micaela Crespo Quesada, PhD

Illustrated by Annalisa Beghelli

Published by Sourcebooks (April 7, 2020)

Ages: 4-8+

Themes: Inventors, STEM, persistence

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Meet Marie Curie. Famous physicist, chemist, and… superhero?

What if superheroes didn’t have supernatural powers but instead were humans with amazing brain power? What if superheroes were scientists?

Super Evil Nemesis is determined to stop Marie Curie and the spread of knowledge. When he sends one of his craftiest minions on a mission to try all the tricks he knows, Marie Curie must use her brains and will to fight against all the obstacles that come her way. But is it enough?

Can she prevent Super Evil Nemesis from taking over the world? Does she have the power to become one of the most influential scientists in history? Only time will tell…

This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series uses a fictionalized storytelling approach to teach readers about Curie’s amazing achievements, and is sure to empower them to become superheroes themselves!

Includes a scientific glossary and detailed information on Marie Curie’s scientific accomplishments.

Published in partnership with the Marie Curie Alumni Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promote research and curiosity and to enhance research and professional collaboration.

Why I love this book:

  • Awesome illustrations – you can tell from the cover, right?
  • Fabulous text that will have kids eager to turn the pages to read more.
  • I love pb biographies…and this is such a clever concept!



Nobel peace prize awardPhoto courtesy:

For detailed instructions:

Make sure you check out the author’s website where there are MARIE CURIE-related activities: including an awesome FREE 40-page experiment guide created by the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

And as an added incentive to purchase a copy of this wonderful book, please remember that a portion of all sales go to support the Marie Curie Alumni Association research initiatives.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of MARIE CURIE AND THE POWER OF PERSISTANCE. Maybe you can tell us what you would do to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

And also, please remember that the best way to thank our favorite authors and illustrators is to:

  • Buy their books
  • Review their books
  • Tell friends about their books
  • Share the word on social media

For more picture book reviews and awesome activities, please visit Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please stay safe and be well.

21 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: MARIE CURIE and the Power of Persistence PLUS Giveaway

  1. I love the angle of approach for this book! My mind switched instantly to a French voice/accent for the evil nemesis! I think it would be fun to read aloud. I look forward to reading it! Congratulations!

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  2. This book looks great! Think my daughter would love it!
    I would love to help make the world a safer and better place for my kids, I would love to be able to get governments to cut military spending and invest in a greener world! ( No idea HOW I would go about that, but that would get a Nobel Peace Prize!)

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  3. This looks fantastic! I cannot wait to get it. Congrats on a great book, and congrats Vivian on another fabulous Perfect Picture Book Friday!


  4. Oh, this lovely picture book looks so intriguing! It sounds cleverly written with amazing illustrations! I’d love it as a mentor text as I write nonfiction biography PBs! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity to win.


  5. My childhood hero! I read what I could find about her in middle grade books. Loved to dream about being her. I love this colorful and engaging PB about Madame Curie. I love your super hero series idea– important for kids to dream big. Madam Curie was my super hero.


  6. Love the cover! And what a terrific concept! Scientists ARE superheroes! HHmmm, what I would do to win the Nobel Peace Prize? I’d rewrite our tax laws so that every person and company paid their share of taxes, no loopholes, so we would have funds to improve our school systems, pay our teachers like the rock stars they are, feed kids and families who need help, house the homeless, help every child make sure they knew they were loved and were supported in their efforts to pursue their dreams. Oh, and erase all of the “isms” from our world that put people down. And provide healthcare for all….have I missed anything? If that all happened, I wouldn’t need to win the prize. I’d be thrilled by the results.


  7. congratulations, Karla. It sounds like a terrific story, I love the idea of science overcoming evil. Pretty pertinent. Marie Curie was my first “girl scientist” I’d heard of. She’ll always have a place in my heart.


  8. This sounds AMAZING! I’m a nurse by trade and always loved my Science and English classes the most. I’m always thrilled when a STEM book comes out with a female MC. This sounds so good! Can’t wait to read!


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