Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist
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Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their passions. Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question Why?, is destined to join these two favourites.

Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

Review

What a delightful book!

The charming author–illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, brings us another brilliant youngster who happens to be in the same schoolroom: Ada Twist. By not speaking until she is three, Ada echoes that famous scientific genius, Einstein, but once she does speak she makes up for lost time by asking question after question. She confounds both her parents and her hapless schoolteacher, Miss Greer, but when a terrible stench finds her investigating smells, Ada discovers the importance of the scientific method and soon gets her family involved in finding solutions.

The illustrations by David Roberts, like the other two books in the series, are absolutely stunning and filled with mid-century modern design. Ada’s befuddled older brother and harried cat are fun to search for in many spreads, and the chaos Ada creates around her is a joy to the wandering eye. The rhyming text is just perfect and shows a strong-willed child following her passion for a scientific career. This is another wonderful must-have addition to the series on the young geniuses in Miss Greer’s classroom and a beautiful stand-alone book that will be enjoyed by adults as much as children.


Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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