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***So You Want To Be an Inventor?

by Judith St. George

illustrated by David Small

Reviewed December 21, 2002.
Philomel Books, New York, 2002.  53 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 608 STG)

Written by the same team who produced the Caldecott winning So You Want To Be President? this book is another compilation of quirky facts and humorous pictures of famous people.  Showing the wide range of people who have made inventions that changed history, this book is fun and interesting.  It doesn’t seem designed for someone wanting to write a report.  This is more a book to enjoy.  I think it will intrigue kids into imagining what they could invent.

My only complaint at all is that I would have liked to see more women represented.  If the author had trouble coming up with ideas, she could have checked Women Think of Everything, by Catherine Thimmesh.  They did include a few women, at least, and all the major giants were represented.  Most of all, this is a fun and entertaining book.  That it is also educational is a nice bonus.

Review of another book by Judith St. George:
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

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