The Invention Hunters Discover How Machines Work!

Little, Brown. Jul. 2019. 148p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316436793.
PreS-Gr 3–This story, self-described as “informational fiction,” follows a group of quirky invention hunters as they stumble upon some everyday items like a wheelbarrow, a crane, and a toilet. Having never seen these items before, the hunters make wildly incorrect guesses as to what they actually do. A young boy follows them around, explains how each object works, and offers a brief history of how it evolved over time. The comic book–style illustrations and short text bubbles will appeal to reluctant readers. The group of invention hunters, who include women and people of color, come up with some ridiculous hypotheses for the various machines, which are sure to get some laughs. The brief histories, factoids, and illustrations of historical machines are well researched and explained in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand for a grade school audience. Author/illustrator Briggs worked with a researcher and an educator to ensure that the facts were accurate and the book was developed with an educational perspective in mind.
VERDICT The balance of the fantastical story with scientific and historical facts makes this a good title to recommend to fiction and nonfiction readers alike. A solid addition for medium to large collections

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