Eliza Boom is back for her second adventure and this time it’s full of fizz-tastic potions and strange goings-on.
Eliza has recently discovered that she can invent potions as well as gadgets and loves her new chemistry set. Firstly, she created Egg-Away shampoo to help her best friend Amy-mayo with a rather eggy hair problem. And then she created Poochie-Pooh to make her pet dog, Einstein, smell a little less pongy.
When a new neighbour moves in next door something doesn’t seem right to Eliza. The neighbour has a dog that acts weird, has altered the height of her garden fence and Eliza can hear strange buzzing and fizzing sounds coming from inside the house. Then objects start going missing from Eliza’s own house. Can Eliza unravel the mystery of the next-door-neighbour?
Written in the form of diary entries with jokes, drawings and doodles, this is an action-packed adventure full of fizzing potions, weird goings-on and bags of humour. The story rattles along at pace and the lively illustrations will help readers to keep track of all the action.
Eliza is a positive young role-model whose successes occur as a result of her perseverance and her willingness to find solutions to solve problems.
It is refreshing to read a book where the central character is a young girl who is passionate about Science and inventing - something that is under-represented in children’s fiction. There is also the non-conventional family dynamic as Eliza lives with her dad and step-mum.
I liked that the read pays homage to famous scientists of the past with references to Einstein and Edison (Eliza’s dog and diary). This heavily illustrated and easy to read book is ideal for readers who are taking their first reading steps into chapter books.
Recommended for 6+.