Review – How the Borks Became

Tonight T picked out a book I have been looking forward to reading for absolutely ages – How the Borks Became by Jonathan Emmett and Elys Dolan. We were not disappointed!

The Borks are a type of animal which lives on a faraway planet quite similar to Earth. Much like humans, no two Borks are a match. Instead, they all have odd differences which have helped them to survive. And with that introduction, we are taken on a whistle-stop tour of the evolution of Borks.

Their first change came when a few Borks were born shaggy-furred. What was a pain in the hot weather soon became an advantage during a great storm. A change from blue to yellow helped a few to survive a Ravenous Snarfle and long necks came in handy during a drought! The book, already ticking the science/nerd box ends with an awesome illustration of evolution and an introduction to Charles Darwin. Brilliant stuff!

If you are looking for a book that is both fun to read and educational, you have found it here! The Borks are a likeable animal and their evolution and challenges are explained in an entertaining and educational way (although children of a nervous disposition might not enjoy the Borks being scoffed and turning to skeletons during a drought!). The big, colourful pictures bring the science to life and telling the tale through rhyme makes it accessible and fun to read. You can’t fault a book that makes challenge science accessible to even the youngest minds!

A brilliant book to read and explore with all primary aged children. This should be a must in school/class libraries as an opener to a complex topic. It lead to fun bedtime discussions with T who told me, “I wish I changed and had 100 legs to run really fast.” His toy car also wanted 100 wheels apparently! We both really enjoyed this, with T also declaring, “this was a brilliant one daddy.” A book we will come back to again and again! Tonight’s solo read was long and filled with chat…

You can, and should, buy a copy. You can get it here…

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