Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty ★★★★☆ #Bookblog #BookReview #PictureBook


Primary Genre(s): Children’s Picture Book
Published: 6 September 2016 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Page count: 32
My Format: ebook via Overdrive
Cover: Cute
Pacing: Good
Ending: Okay
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Ada Twist, Scientist

My rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada 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!

My Thoughts
This is the third book I’ve read in the Questioneers Picture Book Series. The first was Rosie Revere, Engineer and the second was Iggy Peck, Architect (click titles for my reviews).  Here are my pros and cons for Ada Twist, Scientist:


  1. As with Rosie and Iggy’s stories, this book isn’t really about encouraging a career in science or pushing a particular STEM field, but instead it basically about being inquisitive.
  2. Great illustrations and abundant graph paper!
  3. The verse is cute and generally works well.
  4. The story reinforces the concept of searching for answers by asking questions like why, what, how and when.
  5. I love that the parents supported Ada’s interests.
  6. Ada’s full name is Ada Marie Twist. We learn on the last page in the book that she is named after Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace.


  1. Ada’s quest in the book is to discover where a really bad smell is coming from. To me that is more like detective work than a scientific endeavor (at least how it is presented in the book). And to top it off, she never determines the origin of the smell! ARGH! Ok, I get it that the point of the book may have been to reinforce that as a scientist sometimes you don’t find the answers you are seeking right away and that you need to constantly keep trying and/or revising your hypotheses, but I don’t think that concept was communicated as clearly in this book as it was in Rosie Revere, Engineer.

This is a cute book incorporating some fundamental scientific principles and it is well worth a read if you have a budding scientist in your household.

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(image from Goodreads)

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