The Ada Twist series of picture books have proven popular and I am sure many of my readers have heard of these books. The ones from the series that we have managed to source at the library have been popular reads with all three of the children. Last year we were sent the first in the chapter books – The Questioneers and were delighted last week to receive the second one.
The second in this series is Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons – as soon as Daniel spotted the book he whisked it away and snuggled down onto the sofa to read it. He read this in two sittings – a testament to how engaging he found it.
In this story, we follow Ada Twist, who remains full of questions. You might recall from the picture books that Ada likes to ask why, why and why some more – with each question leading to another! Daniel tells me that this particular story involves Rosie Revere’ Uncle who has helium pants – he ends up floating away and Ada must stop him from floating further away.
I’m guessing there are lots of questions in this book about how and why balloons float and how many you might need to float off to the moon, judging by the conversations that Daniel offered after reading this! It must have some funny parts in it as he was giggling away and has informed Emma that she will want to read it soon.
What I like about this series of books is that they’re towards the end of the picture to chapter book crossover. By that, I mean that there are still illustrations throughout, but they are kept in one colour (for Ada they’re in purple). There’s plenty to break up the text for less confident readers, but equally enough to keep more proficient readers feel like they’re reading a ‘grown-up’ book.
I am going to start reading this book aloud with Emma next week as I am sure she will enjoy it as much as her brother. I look forward to the next instalments of these books as they are fun and engaging but also show that it’s perfectly fine to have an inquiring mind – and inquiring minds often save the day.