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Children's LiteratureKid readers can easily step forward and move into a future world with this book from the "Read-it! Wonder Wits" series. The series consists of a variety of stories featuring the characters Luke and Sophie. In this specific book, the plot revolves around a free trip which allows them to visit Future Industries and the Tomorrow Lab. The author weaves this dazzling story in five chapters and 48 pages. The tale allows readers to dream about visiting a future lab and creating their own innovative, workable ideas for the future. Unique illustrations combine both realistic and imaginative pictures on the same page. While this may sound distracting, it is anything but. Readers will want to peruse the pictures again and again. Another enhancing feature is the simple line of text running across the bottom of each spread. Sometimes it sums up the text and at other times delves into the imagination of the readers by posing questions for them to think about. End matter consists of two pages of future predictions covering the years from 2006 through 2150. In addition, one page lists "great visionaries" like H. G. Wells, and another offers areas to think about—like artificial intelligence. Not only is this a fun-filled read, it can also supplement science units utilizing creativity and predications. At least nine other books are available in the same series. 2006 (orig. 2004), Picture Window Books, Ages 7 to 10.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury