Synopses & Reviews
A wizard from the start, Thomas Edison had a thirst for knowledge, taste for mischief, and hunger for discoveryand#151;but his success was made possible by his boundless energy. At age fourteen he coined his personal motto: and#147;The More to do, the more to be done,and#8221; and then went out and did
: picking up skills and knowledge at every turn. When learning about things that existed wasn't enough,and#160;he dreamed up new inventions to improve the world.
From humble beginnings as a farmerand#8217;s son, selling newspapers on trains and reading through public libraries shelf by shelf, Tom began his inventing career as a boy and became a legend as a man.and#160;
"With the 1893 Chicago World's Fair on the horizon, American engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. won a design contest for what would become the Ferris wheel, a 'structure that would dazzle and move, not just stand still like the Eiffel Tower' (the star of the previous World Fair). Despite naysayers ('It's undignified,' grouses one onlooker), George and his crew plowed forward with plans for the giant, circular steel structure, unveiling the machine at the fair's opening. Davis delivers a tense and satisfying underdog story, while Ford creates a stylized 19th-century landscape, setting impressionistic backgrounds against the hard-edged geometric shapes of the wheel and other structures, colored in deep, subdued blues and violets. Direct quotations and captions explaining historical detail keep the context of the story in sharp focus. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Focusing on the great inventor's youth, roughly from age eight to mid-20s, this anecdotal picture-book biography is both engaging and accessible. The concise narrative is sprinkled with original quotes and is well suited as a read-aloud...Brown's signature sketches combine digital imagery and watercolors and reflect the period costume and key moments in Edison's early life."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Brown (Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt) offers a folksy, episodic picture book biography of Edison's early years, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit and love of experimentation, while incorporating a wealth of fascinating, little-known anecdotes about the accomplished inventor."--Publishers Weekly
* "Davis' picture-book bio soars, inspires, and keeps (the pages) ever turning."
—Booklist, starred review
* andquot;Davisand#39; picture-book bio soars, inspires, and keeps (the pages) ever turningandquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
andquot;The modernist look, inherently interesting topic, and strong documentation...make this title a positive addition.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Kids who take ferris wheels for granted should find this history eye-opening.andquot;
andquot;Davisandrsquo;s picture-book account of the Ferris Wheel construction does a first-rate job of capturing the many risksandmdash;to civic pride, financial success, and public safetyandmdash;that attached to the first iteration of what most readers have already enjoyed as a local carnival attraction.andquot;
andquot;Davis delivers a tense and satisfying underdog story, while Ford creates a stylized 19th-century landscape.andquot;
andquot;[An] informative and entertaining account.andquot;
andmdash;Wall Street Journal
Science, history,and#160;andand#160;engineeringand#160;combineand#160;in thisand#160;uplifting non-fiction picture book about the invention of the world's most iconic amusement park ride, the Ferris Wheel. and#160;
Capturing an engineerand#8217;s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the worldand#8217;s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Fordand#8217;s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 Worldand#8217;s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.
A picture book biography profiling Thomas Edison's early life
About the Author
Kathryn Gibbs Davisandnbsp;has a gift for combining history and storytelling in a manner that relates to readers of many ages. Her Wackiest Whiteandnbsp;House Pet earned the Parents Gold Choice Award and was read aloud by former First Lady Barbara Bush during a nationally televised event at the presidential library. Kathrynandnbsp;is an active member of the Childrenand#8217;s Literature Network. Visit gibbsdavis.com.
Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Visit gilbertford.com.