Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (Illustrations)


Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Picture Book

Review: ‘But why?’ And ‘When?’ ‘Where?’ ‘How?’ Ada is a girl full of questions and on a quest to find all the answers. Her experiments should help her got those answers.

I adored this book because it was full of fun and the illustrations are wonderful. Mostly I love this book for the fact that it’s about Ada wanting to be a scientist and her parents (who are amazing) coming to terms with it and figuring out how they can support her. The thing is Ada doesn’t always know when to stop on her mission to getting those answers so she needs to learn as well.

As I’ve mentioned, the illustrations are great. The book is full of colour and there is so much going on that you can spend a good while getting lost on each page. Plus I love the end-pages.  🙂

Recommend it?


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