One thing (among many) Flying Eye publishers do exceptionally well are non-fiction books. I was so very excited to get a surprise bit of book post recently in the form of Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure written by Dr Dominic Walliman and written and illustrated by Ben Newman.
Atomic Adventures is a non-fiction science book taking children on a journey through the laws of physics and the Universe. It answers questions such as how does a car move? Or how do boats float? How are rainbows formed? And lots much more besides. This is a book packed full of fascinating facts!
The first thing that struck me about this book, was how unlike any other non-fiction title it was. Ben Newman’s illustrations are unique, bright and colourful with a strong retro design which is unusual and eye catching, it’s instantly appealing. It has the feel of a picture book, but the content of a factual one, absolutely ideal for attracting the 7-11 age group it’s aimed at. Many children love science and non-fiction books, but for those who don’t, Atomic Adventures will shake off any stuffy, boring image and draw these children in.
Professor Astro Cat takes the children through each topic with a wonderful sense of fun and characterisation and he’s sure to become a much loved and recognised character as more of these books are created.
The beautiful illustrative design of this book is really what catches the eye and makes it so very appealing. However, it’s not just about the looks. The content of Atomic Adventures is really quite special. It covers a huge amount of topics from gravity to the periodic table, light, electricity and much more. Bearing in mind how many varied subjects are included within this book, it’s not messy or disjointed in any way. Each topic flows seamlessly into the next with a flow that makes perfect logical sense. The information is given in short snippets dotted around each page, easy to follow, with clear, concise and often great fun explanations. This book is so very accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Every page has a huge amount of content, but there’s nothing daunting or intimidating about it.
The Professor Astro Cat books are an attempt to change the face of children’s non-fiction, and they really do succeed in this! These are books that children will pick up and choose to read for fun, rather than just when the homework is due. And for this reason they should grace every school and library.
Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure and Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space are available to buy now from all good book shops!
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To find out more about author and illustrator Ben Newman you can check out his website here:
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