Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thomas Edison and His Bright Idea

Thomas Edison and His Bright Idea. Patricia Brennan Demuth. Illustrated by Jez Tuya. 2016. Penguin. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Who was Thomas Edison? He was an inventor. An inventor thinks up new ideas. Thomas had a very bright idea. His idea lit up the world.

Premise/plot: Thomas Edison and His Bright Idea is a "level 3" "transitional" "guided reading level K" biography for young elementary students. (The book is not broken up into chapters.) The book is a basic introduction to Thomas Edison's life and inventions.

My thoughts: Where was this book when I was growing up. Seriously. Not that I was ever-curious about inventors. It just seemed like every single nonfiction biography was dry, wordy, and dusty-smelling. No bright, colorful illustrations. No design love. In some ways, it's more the exception to the rule these days to find unappealing, boring nonfiction. And that's a good thing!

I may be past the recommended age group, but, I'm glad to know that good nonfiction is being published for all ages of readers.

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