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10 Inventors Who Changed the World (10 Series) Hardcover – October 13, 2009

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Grade 4–8—The innovative efforts of nine men and one woman are presented here. Some of the names will be familiar (Galileo, Franklin, Edison, Curie) while others will prove less so (Isambard Kindgom Brunel, Glenn Curtiss, Sergei Korolev). Starting in ancient times with Archimedes, the chronology ends in modern times with Korolev, a Soviet-era rocket designer. Each section offers a succinct yet thorough biography of the inventors. Striking graphic-novel-style art is a visual aid to draw readers into each setting and era. Life-link boxes connect the inventors to one another. In this way Gifford demonstrates how they influenced, or were influenced by, other great thinkers. With the appeal of a graphic novel, and clear language, this title will draw in reluctant readers and provide enough information for brief reports.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI END

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“Life stories of inventors and their inventions will come to life in this highly readable graphic format. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the graphic novel-style illustrations and text bubbles. ” ―Library Media Connection

“Cousens draws on a comics artist's tool kit of furrowed brows, strong chins, craned necks, and dramatic perspectives to infuse his sharply drawn gallery of inventors at work with attention-grabbing intensity. Readers attuned to the visual punch of superhero comics and graphic novels will be drawn by the look of the pictures, and will likely stick around to meet some important-to-know figures in the history of science and technology. ” ―Booklist

“Each section offers a succinct yet thorough biography of the inventors. Striking graphic-novel-style art is a visual aid to draw readers into each setting and era. Life-link boxes connect the inventors to one another. In this way Gifford demonstrates how they influenced, or were influenced by, other great thinkers. With the appeal of a graphic novel, and clear language, this title will draw in reluctant readers and provide enough information for brief reports.” ―School Library Journal

“[An] accessible and fast-paced graphic novel. A good book for middle school students learning about inventions and needing quick facts or biographical information.” ―Voices of Youth Advocates

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Product Details

  • Series: 10 Series
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753462591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753462591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed every Kingfisher book read previously, so I'm not surprised that this one hits the bullseye also.
The ten inventors chosen are an eclectic and interesting group that spans two thousand years. At the end of each segment is a "life link" that points out a commonality between two successive inventors. I especially enjoyed the chapters about Glenn Curtiss and Sergie Korolev because I knew nothing about them.
The author tries to be positive but doesn't whitewash how Edison cheated Tesla out of 50,000 dollars and how Korolev suffered at the hands of the Soviets.

Also outstanding are the book's graphics. A collage of images on each two page spread is very effective and has quite an impact.
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Clive Gifford's TEN INVENTORS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD is a pick for advanced elementary readers and grades 5-7, and provides a fine set of biographies of Archimedes, Galileo, Thomas Edison, Tesla, Marie Curie and others who changed their worlds. Innovative tests connect each story and show the timeline of how these pioneers were inspired by or reacted to those before them in a fine blend of vivid cartoon-style artwork by David Cousens and lively reading.
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This is a great book for tweens. Our towns 4th-7th graders are using it as a summer book club title and there has been great excitement about it from both boys and girls.
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Students enjoy the graphic novel style illustrations, and as a teacher, I like that the information is accurate, but not too lengthy. I use it as a resource to compare different inventors.
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Format: Paperback
I love this book! This is a great pick for reluctant readers---comic book style illustrations. Grades 4-12.
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