Brainstorm!: The Stories Of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom TuckerBrainstorm!: The Stories Of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker

Brainstorm!: The Stories Of Twenty American Kid Inventors

byTom TuckerIllustratorRichard Loehle

Paperback | September 25, 1998

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Inspiring young inventors, from ages 5 to 19

Of the thousands of inventions filed each year since 1790 with the United States Patent Office, some have come from enterprising kids, and not just those who have grown up to be famous adult inventors. Here are the stories of twenty ingenious young Americans. Among them are Chester Greenwood, creator of ear muffs; Ralph Samuelson, originator of water-skiing; Vanessa Hess and her colored car wax; and Jerrald Spencer, whose electronic gizmo has made a line of toys so popular that over five million of them have been sold!

Tom Tucker lives in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Brainstorm! is his first book.Richard Loehle has illustrated many books, including The Great American Depression Book of Fun. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Title:Brainstorm!: The Stories Of Twenty American Kid InventorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.91 × 6.07 × 0.44 inPublished:September 25, 1998Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374409285

ISBN - 13:9780374409289

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fairly Dull Reason for Reading: Came with our history curriculum. Read aloud to my ds, a biography at a time over a period of time. A collection of short biographies featuring kid inventors, focusing on what they invented and how it came to be. Includes such inventions as earmuffs, coloured car wax, the Popsicle, water skis, resealable cereal box tops and others. Neither of us was particularly thrilled with this book. The inventions I've mentioned above were the ones that ds enjoyed most. A lot of the other inventions were things he couldn't care less about like tufted bedspreads or couldn't relate to such as the rotary steam engine. Ds was keen when I started reading a story about a real kid (an 8yo or a 13yo) but some of these bios are about 17 or 18 year old's and that is pushing it a bit for a 10yo to consider a kid. Then some bios often were about how the inventor got the idea as a kid but didn't bring it to fruition until they were an adult which I think is cheating in regards to the title of the book. Also any mechanical or engineering inventions such as the electrical TV and the rotary steam engine were very detailed with scientific specifics which made the 10 yo's eyes glaze over. By the time we got to the last 5 stories he was begging me not to read the book anymore so I read them quickly in bed one night to if they were worth trudging through and I couldn't find any reason he needed to hear them so we ended the read-aloud there. I wouldn't recommend the book.
Date published: 2010-09-22

Editorial Reviews

"A concluding section gives good, specific advice for young inventors (and their teachers)." -Booklist"Enthusiastic, pleasantly specific, well-researched, and inspiring. Here's proof that serious inventors need not be adults, and that inventions need not be complex, expensive machines to be patentable, marketable, and, sometimes, lucrative." -Kirkus Reviews"Engaging and inspiring." -Los Angeles Times"A useful book for encouraging self-expression and the creative process." -School Library Journal