Written by: Dr. Dominic Walliman
Illustrated by: Ben Newman
For ages: Infants & Toddlers (Board Book)
Topics Covered: STEM, Space.
Summary: This board book is an edited version of the Professor Astro Cat series, developed for infants and toddlers! We were sent this book from the publisher, Flying Eye Books, Nobrow in the UK, but all opinions are our own.
Professor Astro Cat is joined in these books by 2 kittens, the Astro Kittens! These books break down incredibly difficult topics into easily understood bits of information. Wormholes, suspended animation, and life on other planets. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you probably know what big fans we are of the entire Professor Astro Cat series! This latest installation makes these scientific concepts even easier to teach to young children, and in our case teach them to ourselves 🙂 We are so excited to see more board books in this series come out!
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Dominic 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.
Ben 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.