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How to Win a Nobel Prize

Mary may only be small, but she has a big dream. She’s been doing experiments at home, and thinks science stuff is pretty cool – but how does a 10-year-old become a real grown-up scientist? Even … win the Nobel Prize?

Mary is the hero of Nobel-prize-winner Barry Marshall’s hilariously informative illustrated adventure book, How to Win a Nobel Prize. Now, in a special performance from the book’s co-author Lorna Hendry and illustrator Bernard Caleo, real-life kids will have the chance to follow Mary’s lead – and step into the wild, weird and wonderful world of breakthrough science. Along the way, they’ll meet Einstein, Marie Curie, DNA co-discoverers Crick, Watson and Wilkin, and many more.

This special Wheeler Kids interactive event will (literally) draw out some of the characters from the book, and get kids started on some serious – and seriously silly – experiments they can do at home. It’s free – and some clever kids may even win their very own (delicious) Nobel Prize medallion.

Suitable for 6–12 year olds. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while participating in Wheeler Kids events.

Embiggen will be our bookseller at this event.


Portrait of Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and graphic designer. She is the author of Wrong Way Round (Hardie Grant, 2015), 16 children’s books about science (Wild Dog Books) and the co-author of How to Win a Nobel Prize (Piccolo Nero, 2018).

The Gigantic Book of Genes was a 2017 CBCA Honour Book, and Left and Right has been shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year awards. Lorna teaches in RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing course.

Portrait of Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a comic book communicator. He makes comics, publishes comics, teaches about comics and preaches about comics. He published the romance comics anthology Tango from 1997 to 2009. With filmmaker Daniel Hayward, he made the feature documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne! in 2012, and they have presented the film in Australia, Europe and the USA.

Wheeler Kids

Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a series of events for the younger readers in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!


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