Monthly Archives: April 2016

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure – Dr. Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman


‘Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure’ is the second non-fiction collaboration from the dynamic duo Dr. Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman who brought us the epic ‘Frontiers of Space’. This book takes us on a journey through the world of physics which forms an important part of our everyday lives. It answers those fundamental questions which as parents we are often asked by children but may struggle to answer accurately. How do planes stay in the air? Why is the sky blue? But it also addresses more complex topics of nuclear physics, the science of light and explores the world of atoms.



It is wonderfully accessible book with each page presenting bite size facts about the topics and explaining complicated concepts in a format children will find appealing and easy to understand. When discussing atoms Professor Astrocat investigates further by building a ‘scale invariant bubble transponder’, this is translated for the reader as a ‘shrinking tray.’ The bold and vibrant illustrations are brilliantly engaging and help engage younger children and demonstrate how science works in a clear and simple format. It is designed in such a way that it is easy for children to dip in and out of and it’s easily signposted to help them to seek out answers to their questions when they have a burning desire to find out for themselves.



The design, layout and illustrations are sublime and really striking. It feel more like a Picture Book than an Information book and is stunningly presented in such a way that you are drawn to opening up this book and delving in to find out more. As a school librarian I really wish more non-fiction books had such an appealing format it would make learning and understanding facts appeal to a wider range of children. This really is non-fiction at its best and I think it would be a fantastic addition to any school classroom or library.

You can read my review of Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space here and you can buy copies of both books here.

Thank you to Flying Eye for sending me a copy of this book.

Wild Animals of the North – Dieter Braun


‘Wild Animals of the North’ by Dieter Braun is a stunningly, spectacular non-fiction book which has been a huge hit with all members of my family. An oversized catalogue of creatures from the Northern Hemisphere this book is perfect for spending hours poring over enjoying the beautiful illustrations whilst finding out lots of amazing facts. Highlighting wildlife who are endangered or threatened with extinction this is a visual journey through the world in which we live.


We begin our exploration in North America. On our trek through the wilderness we go flying with the bald eagle, fishing with the Kodiak bear, hunting with the long-tailed weasel and climbing with the grey squirrel. Learning fascinating facts along the way about Polar Bears whose coat is not actually white and that the further north you go  Pumas will be bigger.


As we cross into Europe we encounter beautiful Fire Salamanders, magnificent Compass Jellyfishes and predatory Red Foxes. We learn that Barn Owls mate for life, there are around 6000 spikes on an adult Hedgehog and that Peregrine Falcons are one of the fastest birds in the world. By introducing both new and commonly known wildlife this allows the child to get a true insight into the many diverse species which live on our planet.


Finally we head over to Asia to meet the ‘ghost of the mountain’ the Snow Leopard, the Markhor a wild relative of the domestic goat and the sociable Bottlenose Dolphin. Each creature is displayed in it’s stunning glory by Dieter’s sublime illustrations which bring them to life magnificently with vivid expressions and movement. This is a unique and captivating book which will delight and inform both children and adults alike. It would make a wonderful addition to any home, school or library and has already established itself as a firm favourite on our bookshelves.


You can buy a copy of ‘Wild Animals of the North’ here and we have ‘Wild Animals of the South’ to look forward to in the future.

Thank you to Flying Eye Books for sending me a copy of this book.