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Did you know that an eighth-grader from New Jersey invented the snowboard? Or that the inventor of the trampoline demonstrated his invention by bouncing with a kangaroo? Would you believe that the first effective vacuum cleaner was the size of a refrigerator? This book is packed with fifty incredible stories about how things we now take for granted came to be. Perfect for trivia fans of all ages, The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline has a hip retro look and is illustrated with fabulous old-time advertisements and ...
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Overview

Did you know that an eighth-grader from New Jersey invented the snowboard? Or that the inventor of the trampoline demonstrated his invention by bouncing with a kangaroo? Would you believe that the first effective vacuum cleaner was the size of a refrigerator? This book is packed with fifty incredible stories about how things we now take for granted came to be. Perfect for trivia fans of all ages, The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline has a hip retro look and is illustrated with fabulous old-time advertisements and photos. You'll never look at a toilet or a TV the same way again!

Author Biography: Don L. Wulffson is the author of The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and many other books.

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Publishers Weekly
Learn how 50 different things, among them false teeth, parking meters and Post-it notes, came to be in The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline: More Surprising Stories About Inventions by Don Wulffson. Leotards, for example, were named after Jules Leotard, a 19th-century French circus acrobat who was "in love... with himself." Designed with a retro look, the book offers two- to three-page sections for each invention and includes illustrations, period photographs and factoid sidebars. (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-A sequel to The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories about Inventions (Dutton, 1997). Alphabetically arranged entries range from "Animated Cartoon" to "Zamboni" and include an eclectic choice of items in between. Armor and family names are examined, while old standbys like Liquid Paper and Post-it Notes also make the list. Although the number of inventions covered is somewhat impressive (50), each entry is only about a couple of pages long at most. Also, the tone of the text is often insulting: Wulffson writes about "Napoleon's dumb concept of a deodorant." Rather than appealing to children's sense of humor, these smarmy phrases are likely to fall flat. The tidbits of information in the sidebars and the black-and-white illustrations and photos (all tinged with pink) are nice touches. With so many other books about inventions available, such as Catherine Thimmesh's Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women (Houghton, 2000), this one is an additional purchase at best.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As in "The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle "(1997), Wulffson briefly relates the development of 50 things we take for granted, from books to graham crackers to napkins to toilet paper. In a few paragraphs or a few pages, he engagingly describes the impetus behind the creation and popularity of these items. Fun tidbits are related in sidebars, and plenty of illustrations make the book look full of life on every page. Some of the captions and sidebars are curious-next to the history of book publishing, Wulffson points out that it took Margaret Mitchell 10 years to write "Gone with the Wind"-or misplaced-a sidebar about Kevlar appears before its definition in the text. But as this book is a browser, most readers will gloss over these parts. Some might be misled by the title; these are not all stories about kid inventors. In fact, the kid who thought up the trampoline didn't come up with its design until he was an adult. It's not even always about the actual invention: the entry for Animated Cartoons is mostly about Walt Disney. With no bibliography or documentation, this won't get students very far on their invention reports, but it will surprise and entertain them, and keep them flipping its pages. "(Nonfiction. 8-14)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525466543
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Wow

    I was amazed. :0 I thought it was fun to learn all of these new things, and it kept me entertained for hours.

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