From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up -In this fascinating account of the inventions and practices through time that led to modern film, Clee offers vivid descriptions of the key players from Giovanni Battista della Porta to Thomas Edison and their influences on the history of imaging from the 16th century to the silver screen. The story is complemented with trivia; biographical facts; and grayscale images of diagrams, film posters, photographs, and sketches, though the illustrations seem surprisingly few for a piece describing the history of playing with light, lenses, and projection. By demonstrating how early project kaleidoscopes and lighting and lenses combined to create original microscopes, Clee makes certain that readers understand that modern photography and filmmaking are rooted in both science and art.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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"Lively chronicle of...creative ferment...this entertaining historical panorama will absorb both casual viewers and serious young students." KIRKUS, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"...A rich lode of end materials for further research...photos and reproductions abound." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The history of visual entertainment...is meticulously detailed, painstakingly documented, and clearly laid out chronologically." THE HORN BOOK Horn Book