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Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:1909263605
LANGUAGE:English

"Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure by Dr. Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman is an illustrated exploration of physics. This publication is impeccably timed with education’s push for more STEM studies as well as the Common Core’s focus on informational texts. The space-suited Professor Astro Cat leads readers through basic physics theories that range from rainbows to dark matter. While the topics may seem at times overly complicated, Walliman makes the information easily accessible. This, in fact, would be a good physics primer for both children and adults. Walliman’s narrative pairs well with Newman’s illustrations which are reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. The simple characters are painted with vibrant colors making every page pop. While Professor Astro Cat doesn’t have the hands-on appeal of the Scientists in the Field series, it’s an invaluable resource, as it gives an thorough overview of a subject that many find abstract and confusing. A great addition to any elementary or public library.

My copy courtesy of Flying Eye Books.
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" packed full of interesting information and fun illustrations, a great over view of science and the basics of how the world works " said.

" Awesome, visual, and easy-to-understand introduction to physics! " said.

" Books that present science in a fun and engaging way for kids always win me over. Especially one like this that explores questions and applies the basics of science to explain the why.Perfect for the age 5-7 crowd, and even the 8-9s who may be reluctant to take interest in science. Gender-neutral art : featuring Professor Astro Cat, primary colours, and bold designs. " said.

" Nonfiction text features: glossary/ indexI picked up this book because when my brother visited my library and a 3rd grade class came in to borrow, I told them they could ask my brother three questions- one precocious fellow asked him, "How come this library doesn't have more books about physics?" So, I was thrilled to find more abstract science facts presented in such a kid friendly and fun format to round out my library's collection. " said.

"From Morgan:

"Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman combines retro-looking art with comics inspiration to explain physics concepts in a kid-friendly way. Covering topics ranging from the scientific method to particle physics, Professor Astro Cat and friends walk readers through the basics of each concept while providing in text and illustrated definitions to bolded terms. Related topics are grouped together and a glossary/index helps keep the contents organized."
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"There are so many reasons to love Professor Astro Cat, I just can’t help myself. This brave and brilliant feline, with a mouse sidekick, has already led readers through Frontiers of Space. Now he’s back on an atomic adventure, explaining topics like gravity, the scientific method, atoms, molecules, and laws of force and motion.

Like the first Professor Astro Cat book, Atomic Adventure offers a feast of fact and image. Always dapper—he wears a derby even under his space helmet—Professor Astro Cat models a spirit of inquiry that’s infectious and entertaining. Grade-school scientists will enjoy poring over the pages of this book, reading main and secondary text, finding fact within fact within fact.

And frankly, Professor Astro Cat’s charm extends well past his grade school audience. Any lover of illustration will be charmed by this book—whether or not she has children in her life. The bright colors and the retro/modern style illustrations are nothing short of visually delicious.

If you know any budding scientists, particularly those who enjoy sorting through data and making their own discoveries, you’ll delight them with Professor Astro Cat. And if you have adult friends who appreciate top-notch design and illustration, they’ll be equally pleased with this title.
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"Enjoy science? Feel more comfortable when concepts are presented visually as well as in text? Professor Astro Cat could be your new favorite. He has already explored and explained the Frontiers of Space, but now he takes things to a whole different level - the quantum level (among other things). In his Atomic Adventure, Astro Cat covers the many facets of physics, everything from sound waves and refracted light to neutrinos and Newton's Laws. Each topic is illustrated with images of Astro Cat and his faithful mouse helper demonstrating the various concepts. The ideas are presented in simple language and use everyday examples such as talking about the number of atoms you might find on the point of a freshly sharpened pencil, or the idea that inertia is why you need someone to give you a push to get your swing started on the playground.

There are pages on the periodic table, measurement, force and motion, energy sources, and even nano materials. Some of my favorite illustrations are those that show Astro Cat riding on Newton's shoulders, or copying Einstein and sticking out his tongue. The example of kinetic energy that shows Astro Cat using a judo chop on villains is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And fans of Ant Man will appreciate the explanation of quantum physics. Other things included in the book are an explanation of how rainbows are formed, why paint turns muddy brown when you mix too many colors, and the forces of flight. It is a very readable introduction to physics concepts of all sorts.

Whether the book is used to help introduce a science lesson, or simply read for enjoyment by someone interested in science facts, it will be a pleasure for either audience. Astro Cat and all his colorful friends (and villains), demonstrate gravity, friction, and pressure while having a great time doing it. Readers can't help but have a great time, too.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through edelweiss.

The author and illustrator were kind enough to do an interview with me. You can find the Q&A at http://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/2016/....
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