Today, we're celebrating Musa Karla Arenas Valenti's picture book series, My Super Science Heroes, which launched with MARIE CURIE AND THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE.
The newest installment, ALAN TURING AND THE POWER OF CURIOSITY, is out this week! Scroll on for a super exclusive interview with a Super Evil Nemesis!
An Exclusive Interview with Super Evil Nemesis
Junior Reporter Pip: BREAKING NEWS! Friends, the other day I received a message from Super Evil Nemesis. He wanted to share his side of the story. He’s not really evil (he said), and he’s not really a Nemesis (he said), though he did say he’s pretty super. I met with him in his secret lair and well… I’ll let you decide what to believe.
Pip: I got your message, Super Evil Nemesis. What did you want to talk about?
Super Evil Nemesis (SEN): I just think readers are getting the wrong impression about me. I want to set the record straight.
SEN: For starters, I’m not evil.
Pip: Ummm… you tried to destroy Marie Curie in Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence. And you sent one of your minions after Alan Turing in Alan Turing and the Power of Curiosity. You read books called “How to Take Over the World in One Easy Step” and “How to Persist in Taking Over the World” and “Getting Your Way and Other Selfish Thing,” and “Being Bad: A Memoir.”
SEN: Oh that’s a good book!
Pip: It’s a book about being evil.
SEN: Right… well, someone has to stop the super science heroes, and you’re certainly not helping.
Pip: why would I help you defeat them? Their discoveries make the world a better place! Marie Curie discovered Radium and Polonium. That made it possible to create x-ray machines and provide radiation therapy. Alan Turing is the father of artificial intelligence and his discoveries laid the groundwork for computers. Imagine not having computers…
SEN: I can’t.
Pip: Exactly. You sent your minion--
SEN: Miss Enigma. One of my favorites.
Pip: Yes! You wanted her to confuse Alan Turing, hoping he’d be so frustrated by her code-speak that he’d never want to decipher or learn anything ever again.
SEN: Correct. What’s your point?
Pip: That’s evil!
Pip: But, Alan Turing’s curiosity--
SEN: Is unbreakable! His curiosity is almost like a super-energetic-force-that-helps-him-succeed-in-life
Pip: A super power?
SEN: Yes, exactly! His curiosity is a super power. Would you believe that no matter what Miss Enigma did, his super power prevented him from giving up?
Pip: Yes, I would. That’s why he’s a Super Science Hero.
SEN: Well I find it incredibly frustrating. How am I supposed to take over the world if people are not ignorant; if their curiosity makes then always want to learn more and more and more!
Pip: You’re not.
SEN: What? You want me to just give up because I’ve met with some opposition? If I learned one thing from Marie Curie and her great power of persistence it’s that you must always persevere in the face of obstacles. You certainly won’t succeed if you give up.
Pip: That’s true.
SEN: Ha! So you agree! I’m not Evil after all.
Pip: Friends, there’s a lot more to this story! To read about Super Evil Nemesis and his nefarious plans, check out the My Super Science Heroes series by Karla Valenti, published in collaboration with the Marie Curie Alumni Association (a global association of over 17,000 researchers and scientists).
Book 2 in the series - ALAN TURING AND THE POWER OF CURIOSITY - is out on March 1, 2021 and can be found anywhere you buy your favorite books, including the Las Musas Bookshop!
And here’s an awesome Experiment Guide with 40 pages of science experiments and a Reader’s Guide with writing prompts, content connections for teachers, art activities, discussion questions, and more.
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