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Kid-Ventors: 35 Real Kids and Their Amazing Inventions

Feiwel & Friends. Apr. 2024. 288p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250836021.
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Gr 4-8–This book provides brief descriptions of 35 kids and the inventions they developed. Referencing YouTube videos, TEDx talks, magazine and newspaper articles, and in some cases, interviews, the author shares in very readable language the remarkable contributions these young people have made at an early age. Divided into categories, such as “Inventions to Solve Daily Problems,” and “Inventions to Help Others,” each vignette highlights the individual, shares what inspired their invention, and gives a brief overview of the creation process and what the inventor subsequently chose to do with it. Each kid faced numerous challenges, ranging from less-than-encouraging parents to experts who scoffed at their efforts, or even lack of supplies and training. What shines through each story is the young person’s passion and determination to pursue their interests. In addition to the profiles, practical information about the invention process guides young readers. Topics include patents and trademarks, prototypes, production and marketing, STEM communities, and tips for becoming an inventor. The technical parts are explained as simply as possible with a glossary included in the extensive back matter. While there are no photographs, Wright’s black-and-white illustrations provide a very kid-friendly look at each invention. A quote and sidebars highlighting topics specific to each invention add value.
VERDICT An absolutely vital purchase for libraries that want to inspire and inform kids about their power to make a difference.

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