Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants is a continuing of the picture book series Andrea Beaty and David Roberts started with Iggy Peck, Architect, and Rosie Revere, Engineer and of course, Ada Twist, Scientist. And this chapter book is book two in The Questioneers series for the strong second to third grade reader.
There are a few bumps for adult readers, but the age it is aimed at should love. Especially if they are into science, asking questions and funny friendship stories. Like her picture book, Ada is curious and always asking questions and doing experiments. And sometimes, because she is so darn excited, she forgets a few important things. Like Rule 1: Do not borrow your brothers’ things without asking him first.
And this is where the story falls apart for me: Ada never understands why it is wrong to borrow her brothers’ smelly sneakers (even if calling them the most stinky in the family is meant as a compliment) or his tennis racket even for a very important reason. Ada’s personality seems to jump off the page and smack you in the face. She is just a lot to deal with. Even though I really am behind the science for kids’ theme.
There are three different series for the lovers of Beaty and Robert’s book (the picture books, chapter books and a non-fiction series). And each one has the signature art style of Robert’s in their illustrations.
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Ada Twist, Scientist
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers