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101 Things You Wish You'd Invented . . . and Some You Wish No One Had

by Tracey Turner

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"101 Things You Wish You'd Invented...and Some You Wish No One Had" written by Richard Horne and Tracy Turner was an informational book about the history of the things in our everyday lives and things that are yet to be invented like jeans or time machines.

Through this book, I learned a lot about things that were already invented and things that are going to be invented. For example, the earliest evidence of make up was found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating from around 5,000 years ago. The information that is presented to the reader is usually quite boring and vague because it is all squeezed onto one page and therefore not alot of detail is put into the text but, the activities in the book tend to make it a little less banal.

At first the book appealed me because the cover and inside was really colorful and caught my attention but, if I actually read the book carefully instead of quickly scanning through it before buying it, I would have realized that “101 Things You Wished You’d Invented” wasn’t very interesting book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone as it was-in my experience-quite boring. ( )
  moofy | Nov 30, 2010 |
If you’ve ever wondered about how Braille was created, when the skateboard first appeared, or why the time machine has yet to be invented, then you’ll want to check out this book! 101 inventions are given two page histories/factoids, accompanied by a worksheet for readers to complete. For example, the entry for Roller Coaster gives a history of the invention, including steep icy hills built in Russia during the 1700s, where people would ride down on seats made of wood or ice. The accompanying worksheet asks readers to list their favorite roller coaster, how many times they’ve ridden it, the types and amounts of loops, and the consequences of riding. Readers will find recommendations with each entry for other inventions they may enjoy. The book includes items that have yet to be invented (a teleporter, terraforming, anti-aging pills, etc.) and “If Only” items, such as a Know-It-All Hat, a Language Decoder, and a Weather Machine. This is a great book for tweens and teens, and is fun for just browsing. A concern for libraries may be that the book encourages readers to write in it, cut pages out, and use stickers to mark inventions that have been fully researched. ( )
  tiamatq | May 8, 2009 |
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Offers explanations of how an array of both curious and common things came into existence in this fun interactive book with checklists, adhesive stars, and activities.

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