Henry the emu wanted to FLY! But flying fish, eagles and launchers cant seem to help. Its only after meeting Wallagoot Jean that Henry learns about the science of orbit, and the importance of flying first with his mind.
Author: Dr Niraj (Nij) Lal graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar in 2012 and was named one of the ABCs Top 5 Scientists Under 40 in 2016. Hes currently a Visiting Fellow with the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Principal at AEMO, and the new host of ‘Imagine This’ for ABC Kids Listen. Nij regularly appears on telly and radio to talk science (he’s obsessed), and lives in Melbourne, Australia with his partner Sally and two kids Ash and Ella. More info at nirajlal.org
Illustrator: Adam Carruthers is an illustrator and designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in the gift industry for a couple of decades, designing and illustrating toys, greeting cards and stationery. He loves bringing stories to life and has been lucky enough to illustrate nine childrens books. More info at adamcarruthers.com
* Penned by a scientist, the text benefits from the clear explanations and facts, lending credibility to the amazing feat.
* Fun, rhyming story that has a repeated refrain, encouraging reading along. Accompanied by charming, detailed illustrations.
* Great reviews already: "Niraj is a gifted writer of childrens stories. His latest story, about an emu that wanted to fly, brings real depth of science to a lovely story. This is Isaac Newtons story of the apple falling on his head rewritten - great for all ages!" - Sir Richard Friend, FRS, Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge and "Simply stunning... such a joy to listen to." - Deborah Leavitt, Manager of ABC Radio National.
* "Niraj is a gifted writer of childrens stories. His latest story, about an emu that wanted to fly, brings real depth of science to a lovely story. The reader learns that the emus tendency to fall to Earth is just the same as the Moon, constantly falling towards the Earth, but staying of course in its orbit around the Earth. This is Isaac Newtons story of the apple falling on his head re-written - great for all ages!"
- Sir Richard Friend FRS , Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge
* “The kids loved the characters in Henry the Flying Emu, the story is educational but so fun that they can all relate to! “ - Jennifer Ryan, Prep Teacher, Geelong Grammar School