Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole dies age 75

By July 22, 2020Authors, News

Magic School Bus writer Joanna Cole has died at the age of 75.

Joanna was responsible for the children’s magical book series that introduces kids to science in a fun and educational way.

Alongside her popular Magic School Bus series, Ms Cole also wrote over 250 other children’s books.

Joanna’s publisher, Scholastic said the author “had the perfect touch for blending science and story”.

“Joanna’s books, packed with equal parts humour and information, made science both easy to understand and fun for the hundreds of millions of children around the world who read her books and watched the award-winning television series,” the CEO added.

In 1986 Joanna Cole began writing the Magic School Bus series with illustrator Bruce Degen. The stories follow Ms Frizzle, a teacher who takes her students on a series of science adventures in the Magic School Bus exploring all sorts of places such as the human body, weather systems, and outer space.

Together the author and illustrator team went on to bring us 13 books for the series, selling over 93m print copies in 13 countries.

Illustrator Bruce Degen said that “for Joanna the excitement was always in the idea. What? Why? How? And with The Magic School Bus it was how to explain it so that it is accurate and in a form that a kid can understand and use. And you can actually joke around while you are learning. She had a rare sense of what could be humorous.”

Tributes were paid to Ms Cole on social media by many fans, including actress Elizabeth Banks, who will play Ms Frizzle in a move-adaptation of the series.

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