Robert Crowther's Pop-Up House of Inventions: Hundreds of Fabulous Facts About Your Home

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"Junior trivia masters will pore over this pop-up book." — Child Magazine

Would you believe that a scientist caught a cold and died while conducting experiments in early refrigeration? Did you know that soap was once made from goat fat? Can you guess how pumpernickel bread got its name? Did you know there is polytetrafl uoroethylene somewhere in your kitchen? It’s all true! It’s all amazing! And it’s all in the updated, reissued Robert Crowther’s Amazing Pop-up House of ...

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Overview

"Junior trivia masters will pore over this pop-up book." — Child Magazine

Would you believe that a scientist caught a cold and died while conducting experiments in early refrigeration? Did you know that soap was once made from goat fat? Can you guess how pumpernickel bread got its name? Did you know there is polytetrafl uoroethylene somewhere in your kitchen? It’s all true! It’s all amazing! And it’s all in the updated, reissued Robert Crowther’s Amazing Pop-up House of Inventions. Just step inside, open the cupboards, peek in the closets and drawers, and learn about hundreds of inventions you can fi nd right in your own home — including DVDs, MP3s, wireless headsets, and PDAs.

A tour of a garage and of the different rooms in a house reveals facts about the invention of numerous items found there.

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Editorial Reviews

Rich Cohen
Crowther's House of Inventions—a revised edition of a book that first appeared in 2000—is itself a kind of invention, an ingenious physical object in which each room of the house—kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom—is recreated, popped to life and filled with tags that date and explain dozens of household objects.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature
Items in various rooms in a typical house pop up, revealing their origins. For example, in the boy's bedroom, a message on the computer tells readers that the first e-mail was sent in 1973. The piggy bank notes that its name comes from a type of clay called "pygg," used in the Middle Ages to make pots. With this book as a guide, you and your kids can make fascinating discoveries about the things in your own home. 2000, Candlewick, $14.99. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
I do remember this book when it was first issued and found myself pouring over the pages and learning lots of facts—trivia that I was sure I could drop on friends in some future conversation. The major rooms include the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and garage. There will not be anything in the kitchen that is a surprise, but it is interesting to know that the microwave oven has been around for more than fifty years and that tea bags have been around for more than one hundred years. In the living room, kids learn that mobile phones, DVD players, and PDAs are all inventions from the late 20th century. The bathroom is pretty typical, but the big surprise may be learning that bikinis and bras are more than 2,500 years old. The bedroom seems to be jammed with just about everything today's kids could want—a PC, MP3 player, calculator, and clothes that we take for granted like jeans and sneakers. The garage presents toys, tools, and everything except a car, which one would normally expect to find parked there. The final spread lists numerous inventions that have changed the way we live. It is fun, but like the original, it will need to be updated again, because the number of inventions and their impact on our lives seems to grow exponentially. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763642532
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 956,219
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Crowther is the creator Ships, Trains, and Flight as well as numerous other pop-up books, including COLORS, OPPOSITES, and SHAPES. He lives in Norfolk, England.
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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    AMAZING PAPER ENGINEERING

    True, paper engineering continues to amaze but I venture to say that POP-UP HOUSE OF INVENTIONS published some ten years ago is still the hallmark by which others are judged and found wanting.
    Crowther uses double pages to take us through rooms in a house from kitchen to living room to bathroom to bedroom to garage. Not only is each room presented fully furnished but it's filled with numerous fold-outs and pull tabs revealing what's in a cupboard, closet, under a rug or in the refrigerator. Plus this colorful visit to a home is filled with literally hundreds of facts which are found not only on pages but also under the tabs.
    Beneath a calendar we find "Our modern calendar was produced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582." A logical spot for such information - however, many of the tabs reveal surprises. For instance under a rug we find "Chewing gum, made from the dried sap of the sapodilla tree, originated in Mexico."
    The final two pages are devoted to "Some Inventions That Changed the Way We Live, " which traces discoveries from Neolithic times to the present day. Inventions are divided into four categories - Food Preserving and Cooking, Heating and Lighting, Plumbing, Toilets, and Baths, and Communication.
    POP-UP HOUSE OF INVENTIONS is unique and fascinating, a book that both adults and youngsters will find themselves returning to again and again.
    - Gail Cooke

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