GERALDINE AND THE MOST SPECTACULAR
by Sol Regwan
Illustrated by Denise Muzzio
ages 4 to 8
Geraldine is an energetic, spirited second-grader with dreams of becoming an astronaut. She knows that she’s clever and inventive, but can she create the winning entry in her class science contest? Armed with nothing but her strong will and the broken parts of her parents’ old gadgets and gizmos, she sets out to invent an amazing contraption. Will her invention wow her classmates and transform her from class troublemaker to creative scientist?
The fun of science shines as this girl tinkers and twists all sorts of gizmos.
Geraldine is not known as a good girl, but rather is loud and doesn't always pay attention at school. At home, she takes apart toasters and all sorts of other household items...which her parents don't always appreciate. But this last part, at least, has a purpose. Geraldine loves to create inventions, and some even work. So, when the teacher announces a science contest at school, Geraldine knows it's her time to shine.
I'm a fan of books, which take the interesting fields of science and engineering, and make them fun. This one does exactly that. Geraldine is not the type of girl usually connected with science...she's not good in school, isn't quiet or shy, and she even gets into trouble. Yet, her personality completely fits with inventing all sorts of things. These pages inspire and invite to dream and create.
The illustrations and text work together nicely to create a lovely read-aloud. The text is a bit heavy for the youngest listeners, but the intended audience will have no problem sitting back and enjoying the tale. The illustrations are bright and let Geraldine's personality come across clearly. While I would have, personally, enjoyed seeing a 'build-your-own' at the end, those are my own thoughts, and without it, the book is a great read. The story inspires kids to think out of the box, shows that science is anything but boring, and, perhaps, will have them wanting to invent something themselves.
And here they are...
Sol Regwan is an optometrist who loves to write. He is the author of two successful children’s books, The Adventures of Pugley Bear and Dylan and His Magical Robot. Each of his stories teaches children a valuable lesson or moral.
Denise Muzzio was born in 1990 and spent her early childhood drawing and surrounded by books. When she grew up, she decided to study graphic design, illustration, and animation to keep that inner child alive. She is also a yoga teacher and lives in Rosario, Argentina, working as a freelance designer and illustrator specializing in children’s literature. Visit her at www.denisemuzzio.com