Charlotte the Scientist is Squished

Title: Charlotte the Scientist is Squished
Author: Camille Andros
Illustrator: Brianne Farley
Publisher: Clarion Books | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


First of all: the backdrop for this photo is my new recliner-glider-swivel chair and I. Am. SO. EXCITED about it!!! I’m just entering my third trimester and having to sleep upright for most of the night, and needing to put my feet up, like, all the time so this recliner and I are very good friends right now. Yes, technically we got it for when baby boy arrives–but really, every time I sit in it, he’s there too!!

This book is also great, although I think I underestimated the appropriate age range when I first purchased it (for my niece and nephew, not my soon-to-be born son). It’s an easy enough story that my 3 year old nephew understood the basics. He also loved the pictures–he’s in a phase where he wants to name everything he can see on the page, and books like this one with lots to see are his favorites. My niece at 1.5 years old didn’t get it at all–although she liked throwing it across the room when she was denied a third s’more, so, if that’s important to you . . . this book is throwable.

I think it would really pay off, though, with a slightly older kid, because in addition to a cute story, it fairly clearly and accurately presents the scientific method:


Even my scientist husband was happy with the explanation. I think an older kid would get the different steps Charlotte took and would be more excited about applying the steps. I’m hopeful my nephew will grow into it . . .  and my niece’s interest in books will progress beyond throwing.

Let me know what you think. Happy reading!

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