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Children's Nonfiction Politics & Government

Killer Underwear Invasion!

How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories

by (author) Elise Gravel

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Politics & Government
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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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.

Perfect for:

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Librarians

About the author

ELISE GRAVEL a écrit et illustré une trentaine d’albums jeunesse. L’auteure use d’un humour mordant pour exprimer ses vues et éveiller le sens critique de ses jeunes lecteurs. En 2022, Elise a remporté le prix Vicky Metclaf, qui souligne le travail d’un auteur ou d’une auteure jeunesse. Elle a également reçu le prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 dans la catégorie illustrations pour son livre La clé à molette, de même que le prix Droits et Libertés et des droits de la jeunesse.



ELISE GRAVEL has won a Governor General's Award for illustration, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, the Rights and Freedoms Award from the Quebec Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika Award. She also was short-listed for Mr. Christie's Book Award. She has written and illustrated over 30 books for children in both French and English including Not Me (Pas moi), Everybody! (Tout le monde! and It's My Body! (C'est mon corps!). Elise lives in Montreal, Quebec.


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Editorial Reviews

“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

“[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

“Gravel employs humor and downright goofiness to make this topic feel approachable, profound, and urgent.” — Publishers Weekly

“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'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

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