Friday, 6 March 2020

ReadItDaddy's Picture Book of the Week - Week Ending 6th March 2020: "Professor Astro Cat's Deep-Sea Voyage" by Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman (Flying Eye Books)

Our Picture Book of the Week once again demonstrates that non-fiction books can be just as vital a part of a child's reading journey as fiction - in this fascinating glimpse beneath the waves with an awesome slice of scientific brilliance.

"Professor Astro Cat's Deep-Sea Voyage" once again teams up Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman for a truly amazing look at our oceans.

How did our oceans form?

How did life evolve in the deepest, darkest and coldest depths of the sea?

With truly glorious illustrations, and fabulous facts woven into each page spread, it's great to see this series going from strength to strength, covering a subject that we have seen many times before in children's non fiction books but in a new and totally attractive and engaging way.

The Prof and his awesome crew set sail in their fabulous research ship to find out all about the oceans. Teeming with life from mighty blue whales to fierce sharks, wibbly-wobbly jellyfish and amazing octopuses, there's so much to take in that it's a book that will keep kids completely immersed and occupied for ages.

It's also destined to become a classroom favourite, perfect as the basis for class projects about our oceans - and of course also brilliant for the ways it talks about the damage we're doing to our seas, from microplastics to pollution, and the death of our coral beds due to tourism and global warming. Utterly brilliant, and a welcome addition to the Professor Astro Cat series.

Sum this book up in a sentence: A non-fiction book of the highest quality, brilliantly produced and presented by the dream team of Dr Dom and Ben, with a host of engaging characters showing us what lies beneath the choppy waves of our oceans.

"Professor Astro Cat's Deep-Sea Voyage" by Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman is out now, published by Flying Eye Books (kindly supplied for review)