This colourful graphic novel is an illuminating read which aims to encourage young people keen on science to learn more about those who have made a career in this sector. Various branches of science are taken one by one, and the author explains the types of jobs connected with each area. For example, those scientists who enjoy collecting rocks are called geologists; they examine rocks in all sorts of places. The author then introduces Natalie Starkey, a geologist who is interested in finding rocks that have fallen from space and then experimenting with them. If this is something which appeals to the reader they can turn to the end of the book where there are brief biographies of the scientists that appear in the main text. In this way the young reader learns more about a subject they enjoy.
Throughout the book scientists in different fields are described on each spread: palaeontologists, astronauts, meteorologists, acoustic biologists, robotic engineers, marine biologists etc. As you can see, this volume is teeming with information and this is all presented in a clear and enticing way.
Towards the end of the book the young boy character is in bed and his Mum explains to him how grown-up scientists were once young, like him; they were always asking questions and were curious about the world around them.
This excellent book ends with 24 short biographies of scientists under the heading ‘Which Scientist Inspires You?’ All the scientists have a small cartoon-like character of themselves and the text makes interesting reading.
All in all, this is an exciting book which draws the young scientist in and will also encourage those who haven’t shown an interest in science before. It would be a useful non-fiction title for the school library, classroom or home. Enjoy!