A feisty tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship, Pip Jones’ U.S. debut is sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring young inventors.
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
From author Pip Jones, this inspiring story of perseverance in the face of failure showcases a sweet friendship illustrated with bright, zany art of from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||10.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Sara Ogilvie studied illustration and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Sara exhibits across the UK and abroad and creates images for editorial, design, and advertising. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Izzy Gizmo is an unshakable young female character that never , ever gives up. She has 'exploring and inventing' embedded her very DNA. She loves to take things apart, tinker with random objects, imagine, dream and create cool gadgets like the Tea-Mendous and the Swirly-Spagsonic, just to name a few. She lives with her Grandpa who delights in her experiments and is a huge fan of her ever-probing mind. It"s a mind-set to design something super spectacular. Unfortunately, sometimes those inventions don't work out like Izzy plans and she becomes cross and wants to shelf her project and walk away. Her Grandpa always senses her frustration and encourages her to try and try again assuring her that she can do it. One day a crow drops out of the clouds and takes a tumble right in front or her. She scoops him up and discovers his wing is broken, poor, poor thing. Eureka!!! She realizes that this is a perfect opportunity for a brand new invention. Can you guess what she might be thinking of creating? Yep, she decides to make an artificial wing for her crow enabling him to get airborne and happy one more time. Can she do it? Is it even doable? With plenty of perserverance and empathy Izzy conquers that challenge and becomes a superhero in the eyes of both her Grandpa and her beloved crow!! She is a genius extraordinaire!! This book is written in rhyme and the illustrations are stupendous. They are quirky, filled full of action, emotion and lots of fun detail. This empowering book is perfect for girls of all ages. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Izzy is a young inventor whose inventions don't always work. When they break, chaos and messes often occur. She decides that she has had enough and puts her toolbag away. When she finds a crow that has hurt itself after falling, the vet tells her it will never fly again. She tries to teach the crow how to live and have fun without flying, but he is extremely unhappy. Along comes grandpa. He is kind and encourages her to come up with something to help the crow fly. Even though her inventions don't work, grandpa and the crow keep encouraging her to try again. She finally comes up with the perfect wings for her friend. This book is about empowering girls to participate in inventions and technology as well as perseverance and not giving up. It is also great to see her parental guide encouraging her and not getting upset when she makes a mess. Throughout the story, Izzy "borrows" items from others for her inventions and at the end of the story, her grandfather makes her fix what she broke when taking pieces of items. This is great for developing the concept of responsibility for your actions. This story is told in verse, and is great for building rhyming skills and making predictions with young children. It has a nice cadence and is fun to read. The illustrations are detailed, and the inventions shown are wonderful and could initiate discussions while looking at them. This is a great book for family, school, classroom and public libraries. A good book for late primary and early junior students. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.