The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers


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A discovery that made the world a brighter place!

Joe and Bob Switzer were very different brothers. Bob was a studious planner who wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Joe dreamed of making his fortune in show business and loved magic tricks and problem-solving.

When an accident left Bob recovering in a darkened basement, the brothers began experimenting with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints. Together they invented a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity—Day-Glo.

This cover reproduction is not printed with Day-Glo colors. The actual book, however, is printed using three Day-Glo colors: Saturn Yellow, Fire Orange, and Signal Green.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570916731
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Edition description: New
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 605,642
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Chris Barton writes about books for children and young adults on his blog "Bartography." He is the author of SHARK VS. TRAIN, CAN I SEE YOUR ID?, and THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS. Chris lives in Austin, Texas.

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Day-Glo Brothers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun story about the men who invented day-glo.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by Chris BartonSo how would you illustrate a book about the two brothers who invented day-glo paint? But of course. And, boy, are day-glo colors effective in the telling of this story and its illustration.Bob and Joe Switzer never set out to be inventors. Joe wanted to be a magician. Bob wanted to be a doctor. They did not realize their dreams, but a greater future lay ahead of them; they gained fame as the inventors of day-glo paint. The story of the two brothers is a serendipitous tale of how inventors invent, of how one thing unexpectedly leads to another, of how dreams are realized even when one thinks they have been traveling down the wrong path.I love how the illustrator used just a bit of day-glo here and there to make a point. Beautiful and fun. Just a bit:"After Joe got married in 1938, he and his wife, Elise, moved into a run-down old farmhouse so he would have room for his own laboratory. It wasn't the best place for a young family, as their baby boy liked to chew on chemical-splattered shoes."
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
so so. i liked the colours and the pictures.
adw1723 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. The colors and the details were very good. The story line was very good. It was a little confusing when the story went back and forth between the two brothers and you had to remember which was which. But, other than that it was a great book. I really enjoyed it.
Sandra305 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had never given much thought to fluorescent colors until I came across this book. How Bob and Joe Switzer worked together to develop these extraordinary hues is fascinating in itself, but the imaginative illustrations which transition from shades of gray to the inclusion of Day-Glo colors really capture the mood and intent of the book. An outstanding picture book. Highly Recommended!
specialibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The flourescecnt orange of the title on the cover was the first thing that attracted me to this book. The story of the Switzer's journey through cooperation and using their individual gifts and merging their dreams made for an easy to read, fun, and informative juvenile biography.Persiani's illustrations, done in a style reminiscent of early '50s cartoons and Good & Plenty comercials, starts out in grayscale with occasional splashes of day-glo colors as the brothers progress with their experiments. By the end of the Switzer's story the entire page is filled with bright oranges, greens, and yellows, along with many of the ways that there invention helped save and increase the color in our lives.
newanddifferent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great one! A vivid description of the brothers who invented Day-Glo paint and fluorescent colors. Unfortunately, it focuses solely on the story of the brothers and provides only a cursory explanation of fluorescence at the very end of the book. Still, well-written, great supporting illustrations.
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