Title: Ada Twist, Scientist
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Published: September 6, 2016
Theme: Curiosity, Perseverance, and Science
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32
Ages: 5-7 | Book Level: 3.4 | Lexile Measure: 550LL
Synopsis: Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, 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.
I had heard many good things about this book and let me tell you they were not an overstatement. This book is pretty amazing. I loved that Ada was full of curiosity and questions. Parents I know you remember when your little one went through the massive question asking faze? Why is this? What is that? How do you do this or that? Who is that? and so on. So many questions and so few answers. At least that how it was in my house full of boys.
Roberts’ illustrations were enjoyable and homogeneous with the text. The meter of the verse was harmonic. This book takes you on a journey of exploration as Ada uses the scientific method (of sorts) to solve a question. It is most enjoyable that the main character is a girl and she has big ideas and sizeable curiosity for the world around her. With a little curiosity, perseverance, and planning, girls can take the world by storm—one idea at a time.