Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure

Written by: Dr. Dominic Walliman

Illustrated by: Ben Newman

For ages: Elementary and above

Language: English

Topics Covered: STEM, Physics, Professor Astro Cat, Science. 

Summary: This book opens with an apartment complex of animals asking the science questions every kid wonders.  How does a car move?  Why is the sky blue?  How do birds know north from south?  professor Astro cat leads us on a journey through topics such as  gravity, the scientific method, metals & non-metals, and so many more!

The great thing about these books is that they’re huge and colorful!  Following the graphic novel style helps to increase engagement and make the text less intimidating.  We love the whole series, and this is no exception!

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you ever wondered any of these questions addressed in the book?
  • What is something that you learned from looking through this book?
  • What else would you like to learn from Professor Astro Cat?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Pick your favorite topic in the book and learn more about it!  A classroom could even choose partners and every take a topic, making your own Professor Astro cat science fair!
  • Draw your own science comic book about your favorite scientific phenomenon!
  • Have a physicist visit the classroom, or take a field trip to their lab.  What do they do all day, and is it similar to what’s in the book?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

DominicWallimanDominic Walliman is a physicist, and award-winning science writer. He is co-creator of the Professor Astro Cat science books with illustrator Ben Newman.

Dominic received his PhD in quantum device physics from the University of Birmingham, and currently works at the quantum computing company D-Wave Systems Inc. As well as writing, he enjoys making films and animations to explain science and has produced a series of online videos communicating D-Wave’s groundbreaking quantum technology and his own videos about general science.

He has been writing science books since 2011, and he aims to give children super fun and clear explanations of science through the adventures of Professor Astro Cat. He grew up reading science books and remembers vividly the excitement of discovering the mind boggling explanations that science gives us about the Universe. If he can pass on this wonder and enjoyment to the next generation, he will consider it a job well done.

 

Desk-shotBen Newman has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as ‘bauhaus fuzzy felt.’ He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and The New Yorker. His practice extends outside of commercial work into worldwide exhibitions, paintings and three dimensional collaborations. Nowadays, he spends the majority of his time collaborating on the Professor Astro Cat children’s books with his longtime friend and scientist, Dr Dominic Walliman, which are published by Flying Eye Books and have been translated into 18 other languages.

Concurrent to working as a freelance illustrator, Newman lectures on illustration at various universities and conferences in the UK and Europe.

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