‘Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip’ by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Julia Patton is a brilliantly, entertaining gem of a read. Wacky, wild and wonderful the rhymes just trip off your tongue as you whizz through the pages at the speed of light. Meet Professor McQuark the genius inventor of wind-up goldfish, polite dice, squeezy rainbows and self-blessing tissues. One day whilst inventing, a fabulous gadget pops into her head which she promptly names the ‘oojamflip.’. I love the lyrical language describing her creative process:
‘She ran to her shed and she
banged and she battered,
she sawed and she sanded,
she clanged and she clattered.’
The books just buzzes with energy and brims over with ideas providing lots of inspirations for young minds to cultivate their imaginations to conjure up some amazing inventions. Julia Patton’s illustrations perfectly capture the craziness and creativeness of Professor McQuark’s mind and gives us a fascinating insight into the realms of possibilities are minds can take us if we think outside of the norm. Vibrant and stunning they create a world of frenetic fun which is impossible to resist. Lovely to see a female inventor in a story this book will have a real pride of place in my school library.
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Professor McQuark has her own website full of ideas and information about inventions to help inspire you:
Amazing review, thank you so much!
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This book looks like so much fun! Brilliant to seee a female inventor too.