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Children's LiteratureIf it needs fixing or inventing, Hector McGregor is the man to mend or create any "thingamabob" or "thingamajib." He lives a simple, country life with his wife, five children, and Hattie the hen. Inventor McGregor enjoys taking walks, painting pictures, singing songs, and playing his fiddle as noted in the illustrations reflecting the fullness and happiness of McGregor's life. Word travels about Hector McGregor's inventing talent and the stodgy, lackluster gray Royal Society of Inventors pay a visit and convince him to take a position in the society and to work in his own laboratory in the city. Hector accepts the job and must take the train to the city to his distraction-less, plain workplace. Unfortunately he becomes stifled and loses his creative energy, as portrayed in the cold grays of the pictures. Hector feels defeated and uncreative. One day, inspired by the scene outside the laboratory, Hector McGregor realizes where his heart lies and regains his true passion and brings back the full color of his life. 2006, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 4 to 9.
—Carrie Hane Hung