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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons

Authored by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
Published by Amulet Books

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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons is about Ada, a young girl with a curious mind. She is a young scientist who explores and investigates the world around her. The scientific knowledge she uncovers soon proves invaluable as Ada is drawn into a rescue attempt: Rosie’s Uncle Ned finds himself in a perilous situation as he is floating through the air and desperately needs Ada’s scientific knowledge to help bring him down. With the help of her friends and family, Ada does all she can to help him.

This is an important story by Andrea Beaty, which encourages children to interact with it and question as they read. It is a great book to share and discuss with children as questions are posed, which encourage them to think about their world. As an adult reading the book, I underrated how good it was. However, upon sharing it with children, I began to see how brilliantly it was put together. This is because, through sharing Ada’s thoughts and questions, children are encouraged to think and question for themselves. The scientific information is presented within the story and adds to the plot brilliantly. The interactive element makes it much more engaging to the reader than I initially gave it credit for.

David Roberts illustrations are also fantastic. I like the distinction between the story illustrations and the scientific diagrams, which help to explain the concepts. This has been done in a very clever way and adds a great deal of value. I recommend this book and will be buying others in the series.