Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hooray For Inventors!

Hooray For Inventors!

Marcia Williams
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 8 to 11
Candlewick, 2013   ISBN: 978-0763667498

Over the centuries inventors and their inventions have changed life on Earth. In this book we are going to meet meet some of the inventors who created machines, tools, and gadgets which had a dramatic impact on the lives of people all over the world.

There can be no doubt that Johannes Gutenberg changed his world, and ours, in a most dramatic way. Until he invented his printing press, very few people could afford to own a book and few people knew how to read. By 1500, just forty-four years after he started to print his first bible, 30,000 books had been printed in Europe.

Imagine, if you can, what a world without electric light would be like. Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb took dangerous lamps and gas lights out of homes and made it possible for people to light their homes, businesses, and streets cheaply and safely.

Nowadays it is hard to remember a time when we couldn't surf the web to find information. If Tim Berners-Lee hadn't built his famous World Wide Web program in 1990, the Internet would not be the universal tool it is today.

In this bright, amusing, and entertaining picture book the author illustrator presents the lives and accomplishments of famous inventors using a clever comic book style format. Young readers will quickly become engrossed as they follow the action in the frames and read about how Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers, Marconi, and others made their discoveries and built their machines. The author helps her readers see how challenging inventing can be. Though inventors are often clever and creative people, they also have the same kind of everyday troubles that we all face. Just like the rest of us they have dreams and hopes, ups and downs.

This is the perfect book to introduce young readers to some of the world's most famous inventors and inventions.