We've recently been reviewing Aerodynamics of Biscuits by Clare Helen Welsh which certainly gets the prize for the most intriguingly named picture book we own, as well as the most difficult to explain to an inquisitive six-year-old !
The book follows a gang of pirate mice led by Captain Sneaky McSqueaky (which is already enough to have me smiling whenever I read it !). They want to fly to the moon to collect moon cheese and decide to steal some biscuits to make a rocket, but this is where the aerodynamics of biscuits comes in - some are too heavy, some are too light, some are too crumbly (and some are just too irresistible). This was a great way of explaining the concept of aerodynamics to a preschooler (and much more effective than my half-hearted attempt when we saw the title !).
The book also introduces other complicated vocabulary, using the context or a string of synonyms to make it accessible to young children. For example, Oliver, the little boy in the story who helps out the mice, is described as skulking, sneaking and creeping. It's great to have a book with a young target audience that isn't overly dumbed down.
It's a totally crazy, creative, fun and wildly imaginative story that sweeps you along, taking great delight in the text and also the brightly coloured illustrations by Sophia Touliatou. We usually make a gingerbread house for Christmas but maybe this year, we should try a gingerbread rocket instead !
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £6.99
Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.