Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories (Hardcover)
A hilarious and timely tool to help kids learn how to tell what news is true and what isn't.
Can peanuts give you super strength? Were unicorns discovered on the moon? Did Martians really invade New Jersey? For anyone who has ever encountered outrageous stories like these and wondered whether they were true, this funny, yet informative book breaks down what fake news is, why people spread it, and how to tell what is true and what isn’t. With quirky illustrations and a humorous tone, Elise Gravel brings her kid-accessible wit to the increasingly important subject of media literacy and equips younger readers with the skills needed to interact with global news.
SERIOUSLY FUNNY: While the topic is serious, the funny text and wacky pictures will tickle any reader's funny bone.
IMPORTANT: Misinformation and disinformation are everywhere. It is increasingly important that parents and educators help kids learn how to navigate the confusing, modern media landscape.
JUST THE FACTS!: Rather than tackle specific news stories, this book teaches kids how to research and judge information in order to make their own decisions about what to believe.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR: Whether deciding what products to buy, which organizations to support and what scientific information to believe, being a smart media consumer helps keep ourselves and our communities safer.
About the Author
Elise Gravel has written and illustrated more than 30 books, including La clé à molette which won Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award in the illustration category. She has published diverse projects with publishers in both Canada and the U.S. and her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Elise lives with her husband and their children in Montreal.
“[Gravel’s] insights into how fake news is fueled by a combination of fear and confirmation bias but can be countered by common sense and by careful evaluation of actual sources are spot-on. Beneath the goofiness, [Killer Underwear Invasion is] an earnest call for logic and better judgement.”?—Kirkus Reviews
“an ingenious introduction to media literacy for kids…. a really fantastic, accessible introduction that would work great in middle school classrooms.” — Book Riot
“For families wanting to tackle the big issues early…. Gravel's latest book is worth picking up.” — Mashable
“Gravel employs humor and downright goofiness to make this topic feel approachable, profound, and urgent.” — Publishers Weekly
“Gravel's wacky, yet easily recognizable examples…are entertaining while still delivering a vital message for readers of any age.Killer Underwear Invasion! is a powerful resource to have in the never-ending battle against disinformation. — Shelf Awareness, starred review
“A humorous, creative take on learning how the media can generate fake news and how to decipher the real from the unreal. This informational graphic work is a must read for students and educators.” — School Library Journal