Sunday 27 October 2019

Marlow Brown – Scientist in the Making

Marlow Brown – Scientist in the Making by Kesta Fleming (Celapene Press) PB RRP $14.95 ISBN: 9781925572186

Reviewed by Jeffery E Doherty

Marlow Brown – Scientist in the Making is the debut chapter book by author Kesta Fleming. Marlow is a feisty young girl who dreams of being a scientist, just like her uncle Quentin. However, her chaotic experiments are beginning to drive Mum crazy. With each new experiment, Marlow runs the risk of being banned from experimenting altogether. However, Marlow needs to find a way to stay on Mum’s good side while continuing to follow her dream.

Marlow and her dog, Rockstar come up with a list of experiments they can do at home. Unfortunately, most of their experiments have unexpected results that get Mum into a tizzy. It is only with the help of her uncle Quentin and her meticulous note-keeping, that Mum gives her Marlow last chance.  What could possibly go wrong?

This is a wonderful book to encourage young science-loving girls to follow their dreams. It is simply written, full of interesting facts and easy-to-follow scientific methods and procedures. Marlow is a great role model for young readers, even though her scientific endeavours aren’t always successful.  The book has lots of quirky illustrations by Marjory Gardner that enhance the text. I love the fact that, at the end of the book, the author has included an experiment for readers to try at home.

I definitely recommend this book for 7-12-year-old readers, particularly girls, although I am sure boys would enjoy the story just as much. The book is fun and easy to read. It is an excellent transition book from picture books and early readers, to junior novels.

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