This entertaining picture-book biography chronicles her life from childhood through school and apprenticeships, marriage, the war, and the rest of her illustrious career. . . . This enjoyable tale works equally well as a read-aloud and a strong addition to Women in STEM collections.
Rockliff’s text flows with breezy excitement over the technical development and with a wry humor directed at the male engineering community, a style ably supported by the visual nudging and teasing of Duncan’s digital artwork.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This engaging and inspiring read owes a lot of its appeal to Duncan’s charming illustrations, featuring a determined, likable heroine. Author Rockliff has created a book that is simple enough for kindergarteners to enjoy while still being interesting for third and fourth graders—no easy feat. . . . A delightful and welcome addition to STEM collections everywhere.
—School Library Journal
This accessible, tongue-in-cheek depiction of Shilling’s life and achievements hits all the right notes and shows a woman flourishing in STEM, the importance of powering through adversity, ways in which science and curiosity can be applied, as well as how women have supported each other to learn and succeed. Duncan’s fine-lined illustrations include characters of color among the largely White cast of background characters. . . . An appealing biography that will inspire young scientists and those who may quietly rebel against the status quo.
Lively and succinct. . . The expressive illustrations convey time and place beautifully and are infused variously with humor (such as when apprentice-engineer Beatrice, helping to bring electricity to villages, falls through a ceiling) and drama (as in a stunning double-page spread of London aflame during the Blitz).
—The Horn Book
The humorous, full-page illustrations in this book depict what life was like for Beatrice as the only female in a traditionally male-dominated career. Her story serves as a good role model for young readers to pursue their dreams and talents. This would be a wonderful book to read aloud to young readers to encourage their interests in engineering and to pique their curiosity on researching some of the problems Beatrice solved.
—School Library Connection
Shilling’s is a fantastic story, engagingly told, and perfectly complemented by Duncan’s illustrations.
—Air & Space Magazine