A mention in Words&Pictures magazine, celebrating 20 years of World Book Days.
Have you ever considered the gently sloping curve of a custard cream? The wingspan of a bourbon? The jet power of a double-chocolate cookie? Then this book might tickle your fancy…
“The Aerodynamics of Biscuits” by Clare Helen Welsh and Sophia Touliatou might win this year’s award for “Most Original Children’s Book Title” – I mean who could fail to be intrigued by a book with a name like that!
Digging into the biscuit tin, we find the story of a young boy who (rather naughtily) cannot resist raiding the cookie jar. Alas, the boy finds that a sneaky thief has made off with all the comestibles and there’s scarcely a crumb left! Soon the boy traces the miscreants, finding a gallant band of mice not scoffing their ill-gotten gains but doing something rather odd with them! Trying to construct biscuit-based spacecraft with them in order to fly to the moon for a cheese raid!
(See, we told you this book was hilariously original!)
The fearsome pirate mouse crew need help though. They’re absolutely terrible at building rockets but our heroic human pal knows a thing or two about the stress conditions of chocolate spread when used as wing binding material, or the impact resistivity of a chocolate cookie on rough landing on the lunar surface, so he accompanies the mice on their perilous cheese quest. But what happens when they get to the moon? Is it time for a cheese feast, or does tragedy lurk in the lunar shadows!
This book is utterly brilliant and inventive, with a wonderfully paced tale underpinned with mouthwatering biccie-flavoured illustrations. Be warned though, reading this story is likely to make your tummy rumble a lot and may prompt pre-bedtime raids to the biscuit jar!
Charlotte’s favourite bit: The naughty mouse Pirate Captain, scuppering his own crew! Oh noes!
Daddy’s favourite bit: Baked to perfection, this book is brilliano!
When hunger pangs strike, Oliver (normally a good, kind sort of a boy) creeps downstairs to raid the biscuit barrel only to find it completely empty. But what are those shadowy things scuttling across the floor, ‘Hauling and heaving, towing and tugging.’ out through the door and into the garden?
The marauding mice however, are not consuming their spoils, oh no, they’re in the process of constructing or attempting to, aerodynamic biscuit rockets in which to fly to the moon and there partake of some – well you know what the moon is said to be made of.
However their design skills leave a lot to be desired and it’s only when Oliver offers to help with the rocket building that things start to look more promising, and finally it’s blast off time.
Once at their cheesy destination, the mice can hardly wait to tuck in to the feast that awaits them when they discover that their leader, Captain Sneaky McSqueaky has gone missing: seems his appetite is for something other than cheese …
Are the mice to be marooned on the moon without a craft or can they find another way to return to earth? Perhaps, with Oliver’s help …
This unlikely story is great fun. The nature of the telling is such that it draws listeners in from the start, keeping them involved and interested throughout and offering possibilities for active joining in with the rocket building and cheese gathering as the story unfolds.
Equally, Sophia Touliatou’s quirky illustrations are packed with amusing details, creating a visual feast of small rodents engaging in all manner of tasks, tiny tools, and tasty treats – sweet and savoury, not to mention a whole host of speech bubbles, noises, labels and more for the eyes to digest.
“From a teacher’s point of view I loved the book for the wonderful vocabulary. Perfect for introducing key stage 1 to adverbs and adjectives.
The illustrations are lovely and the attention to detail is great. We loved looking at the different cheeses that made up the ship and the biscuits to make the rocket.
It is a clever little story that we really enjoyed and we have continued to enjoy for the last three nights. Each time we read it we find something new to explore.
A great new edition to our family bookshelf.”
Ks2 School Visit
“All children were totally engaged and enthralled throughout the workshop. Clare was fantastic with the children, bringing plenty of props to excite and provoke creativity from the group. The children were well guided and fully involved throughout the session.” (Katie Church)
Quotes from the children:
“I enjoyed dressing up as a pirate mouse and getting creative.” (Amy)
“It gave me new ideas.” (Aimee)
“You have really encouraged me to write more stories.” (Max)
“You gave me more confidence in writing stories.” (Alyssa)
“I really liked getting into character by dressing up and using face paints.” (Charlotte)
“A magical experience for English writing.” (Lianda)
“‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ sounds really amazing. Just the title alone should make it a bestseller!”
“A quirky story for children with big imaginations. Clare is a first time author but has already made a big impression gaining a Silver Medal in the Greenhouse Funny Prize.”
(Steve Bicknell, Maverick Books)
“At Maverick, we are very excited at having Clare join our team with her wonderfully imaginative text ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’. We loved the story from the start and thought that it would make a fantastic Maverick title. Clare has a huge amount of passion and talent for writing children’s books and we are very pleased to be publishing her first book. “
(Kymara Nye, Maverick Books)