Welcome to my latest review which is all about a fantastic chapter book, Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons.
Author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts are a talented duo who have created a great many books including the picture book series which includes Ada Twist, Scientist. (I’ve previously shared Ada Twist, Scientist here on the blog). Since last year, the main characters from the picture books now feature in a new chapter book series where the friends are called The Questioneers. The latest release sees Ada Twist on a journey of discovery, where readers get to know Ada in more depth and where friendships and questions are celebrated.
Even before Ada has breakfast her curious mind is awoken by a great many questions such as why her mother’s hot coffee smells more then her dads cold coffee? The questions she thinks of leads her to complete investigations, ask more questions and experiment. Those who are familiar with the picture book, Ada Twist, Scientist will already be aware that such experiments have got Ada in trouble before.
Throughout the story readers are introduced to scientific concepts and Andrea Beaty does a brilliant job at weaving scientific facts into the storyline. The book is a wonderful example of STEM fun. The book shares with readers that science is indeed all around us. The encouragement of being a creative problem solver is a great one and it’s wonderful that amongst all the illustrations readers are also able to see Ada’s notes which she jots down in her notebook.
As Ada goes outdoors to complete her task for the Great Backyard Bird Count challenge what does she see floating by? Well that would be Rosie’s Uncle who is wearing a pair of helium pantaloons. Friends Rosie and Iggy are doing their best to save Uncle Ned but things soon get worse and he floats further away and gets stuck in a whirlwind. Ada is more then happy to help and shares much information with her fellow Questioneers. She does in a way that is simplistic and her diagrams are rather helpful too but will they all be able to save Uncle Ned?
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan but the effort put in should not go unnoticed. It’s an important message for readers to take away from this read.
With ideas a plenty, genuine friendships and the idea of an Uncle floating in helium filled pantaloons, this chapter book is a hoot! David Roberts accompanying illustrations are brilliant, not only bringing the story to life but also capturing tender, emotional moments throughout the story.
As well as a fun filled storyline, readers are also presented with thought provoking information at the end of the book relating to gas, bird counting and the problems palm oil is causing to rainforests.
The book is available now and one I would recommend for 5 years old and up.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for a review. We were delighted to receive this book and as always all opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links.