Al’s Awesome Science: Blast-off!

It’s the twins’ birthday and Al is researching new ways to blast off his time-machine capsule into Space. Trouble is, his experiments with balloons, marshmallow catapults and bottle rockets are just a little bit MESSY! Soon, the birthday party has taken on a rather explosive twist . . . and trouble is brewing with Al’s nosy neighbours.

Packed with humour, BLAST-OFF! features lively and black and white illustrations throughout, perfect for children who are becoming confident readers and want to progress to chapter books. With step-by-step science experiments to try at home, this series is a fun, accessible introduction to concepts such as thrust and potential energy, with ideas to explore how rockets and catapults work.

SCIENCE HOOK: Experiments with thrust and potential energy show how rockets and catapults work.

View our Al’s Awesome Science Exciting Activity Pages.

ISBN: 9780993553752
Age 6+
Paperback, 128 pp.
185mm x 129mm
B&W illustrations

£6.99

11 in stock

Outstanding reviews for the series!

North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

This is an excellent way of bringing science into the home and making it achievable for everyone. With ‘Awesome Egg Facts’ and ‘Awesome Science Facts’ scattered throughout, there is lots to learn whilst enjoying the story. Plenty of illustrations add to the fun! A great read!

Toppsta
What a cracking book (eggs-cuse the pun!!) – the perfect book to bridge from picture books. There’s plenty of fun illustrations between the pages and a simple fun story. What’s great though is how likeable the twins are – there’s no attempt to make them outrageously wacky – and how they are so interested in science and nature. The story really revolves around testing how strong eggs are using a variety of experiments (all of which are perfectly detailed so you can try them for yourselves at home). A perfect mix of fun, easy to read, storytelling and education (not that the kids will know that!)

Amazon Reader Review
Hilarious story of twins who decide to build a time machine. It contains scientific facts and experiments that you can do at home, preferably with an adult as it gets very messy. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

The School Librarian
There is a good balance between science and story. The story is packed with scientific facts, but perhaps more impressive are the examples of some key scientific methods and capabilities (close observation, investigating and problem solving, being systematic and discriminating) and scientific attitudes (curiosity, persistence, exploration, sustained thinking).Working together, the twins devise some ingenious and messy experiments.

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke

Author

Jane is the award winning author of over 80 books for young children, including numerous picture books such as Stuck in the Mud and the popular fiction series Al’s Awesome Science. Her favourite fairy character is the ugly duckling and she is fond of carrot cake cupcakes with swirly frosting. Jane loves animals, fossils and being a grandma, and enjoys writing her stories and poems and sharing them on visits to schools and nurseries.
James Brown

James Brown

Illustrator

James Brown was eight when Anthony Browne came to his school and drew an amazing gorilla. He decided, then and there, to become an author/illustrator himself. James studied Creative Writing at St Andrews (where he kept writing for children and drawing all over everything). James got ‘spotted’ on Twitter and won the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition 2014. His favourite animal is his three-legged cat, Peg and he loves illustrating with Faber-Castell crayons.

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