Danna Staaf decided to share her expertise on squid, to make her corona virus lock-down a little more interesting.

And the questions she was asked, and the answers she’s given have definitely brightened up a few people’s days. This is definitely a fun thread for budding marine biologists. And, even better, you might be able to discover what Vampire Squid eat.

You can tell me all about it- and go in the draw to win…

As I was saying if you do discover what vampire squid eat, and any other exciting facts you think I need to know about squid, or marine biology- you can go in the draw to win a fun book featuring me or Frankie by simply by telling me in the comments what a vampire squid likes to eat.

Hint: it’s not blood!

Enjoy your new discoveries, and remember science is fun!

Lilliana Lionheart

P.S. Click on the books to find out more about them. And don’t forget to follow me or A.J. by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of the blog roll 🙂

Lilliana Lionheart

Have you thought about sneezing?

Because yes, even in an underground bunker we have to be careful about the spread of nasty bugs like covid. So here’s a little video from two of my favourite researchers on how to sneeze safely.

Please note: The mythbusters will show you so many amazing things. Some are very dangerous – so please follow any safety advice they have – and definitely DO NOT try this at home!

kia kaha people, and stay well.

Stay home, stay safe and follow all the up to date health advice from the hard-working health people.

And yes, even gross things are science, and a great place to start on your science and health journey. 🙂

Lilly Lionheart

And you can check out some more science experiments with James Corden & Prof Robert Winston

It’s one of the best kept secrets in the universe…

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death is now wide, and at .99c from your favourite ebook store from Dec 1-8 2019

So hijack yourself into mad scientists’ territory, duck the gelignite avoid the Acme fuses. Do whatever you need to, just make sure you don’t miss out before this offer ends…


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Yes, that’s right – Miss Lionheart’s Adventure into a top secret facility is now available at:

So hijack yourself into mad scientists’ territory, duck the gelignite avoid the Acme fuses. Do whatever you need to, just make sure you don’t miss out…

Paleontology World has the article for you!

The Spidersaur: Largest Ever Fossil of Jurassic-Era Arachnid Found Perfectly Preserved After 165m Years

But despite the amazing nature of this spider, it’s very sad to see the creature was not nearly giant enough, and was “roughly the size of the spider’s modern-day descendants, with a body one-inch long and more than half an inch wide, and legs that stretch to 2.5in.” It’s a fantastic article, with comparisons to modern day spiders, plenty of information- and a little bit of gross.

So there we go, check it out, but beware – if you really want giant spiders, and other truly scary giant bugs, insects and arachnids – you’re better off checking out the interactive story “Attack of the Giant Bugs.”

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What can I say, Lilly and I are suckers for science on TV 🙂

There’s nothing more fun than science on tv – except for science with comedians, I’ll have to check out his book – but if you love science and you love fantasy…why not check out mine?

A.J. Ponder

Author of The Frankie Files & Miss Lionheart’s Laboratory

Celebrating science, Kate the Chemist teaches Stephen Colbert how to breathe fire – and a little something about fireworks.

I hope you enjoy

Please note these death defying acts are being done with the help of an experienced (mad) scientist – in order to demonstrate just how fun Chemistry can be – with the appropriate laboratory equipment.

A.J. Ponder, author of fun science fiction including Miss Lionheart, The Frankie Files, Attack of the Giant Bugs and more. 

The Joy of Invention

Posted: June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

When you do things just because you love them, something wonderful can happen!
Have fun inventing, people! Just like Frankie and Lilly and Squidge  – but maybe with a little more care for health and safety! 🙂

I hope you enjoy this fun video for inspiration

A.J. Ponder

The Frankie Files is for younger inventors-check out the look inside.

Miss Lionheart is for more sophisticated readers who love madcap science fiction, and cute but very dangerous animals :  

Attack of the Giant Bugs

Posted: April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Choose adventure, choose fun… Miss Lionheart would adore this book. It’s got everything she likes, science, adventure and fun.

YOU are Greenville’s only hope. You choose which path you take. You can fail your mission or succeed your wildest expectations. But beware, within these pages lies great danger – giant bugs, ants, ladybirds, praying mantises and more. You might come to a grizzly end, or be transformed but whatever happens a real hero keeps fighting, even after they fail.
Are you ready?
Warning: this story contains a mix of real and fictional science. One of the authors has a Bsc Hons and is married to an entomologist who specialises in spiders.

A great story at a tiny price – with over 24 endings and a glossary of insects at the back – scroll down or buy now to support a young inquisitive mind, and two amazing authors, including Sir Julius Vogel award winning A.J. Ponder, and young up and coming author and Wellington cosplayer, Eli Ponder.

And don’t be frightened to comment below or leave a review – to tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

The team at Phantom Feather Press

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Amelia Sirvid, A.J. Ponder, Eileen Mueller & Eli Ponder

It’s all fire and ice with this bit of unnecessary science. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Miss Lionheart approves 🙂

Miss Lionheart has been bundled into a super secret underground bunker.
Can she create these magnificently deadly creatures and escape certain death?

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as Lilly and I enjoyed writing it – A.J. Ponder