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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Following his day as a doctor (Doctor Ted, 2008), Ted awakens to the odor of smoke (burned toast) and decides that since a firefighter cannot be found he must save the day himself. Outfitted and equipped with a whipped-cream fire extinguisher and a roll of caution tape, Ted faces a day filled with “fire hazards” and people who don’t especially appreciate his brand of “help.” In one scene Ted points out that Principal Bigham is blocking the fire alarm and “helps” him to safety by tying him up with caution tape. This rather steams the principal, who is then encouraged to “Stop, drop, and roll” to keep from overheating further. Beaty’s tongue-in-cheek humor keeps the pages turning until finally Ted’s diligence pays off and he really does put out a fire—and the scene is set for another sequel. Lemaitre’s brilliant colors fairly jump off the pages. Capitalizing on the understated tone, his characters brim with personality and the scenes tell the real story. Sure to fire up kids’ imaginations while tickling their funny bones at the same time. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-2821-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009

Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is 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. Not afraid of failure, she 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. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >


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