Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions And How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz JonesMistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions And How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions And How They Came To Be

byCharlotte Foltz JonesIllustratorJohn O'brien

Hardcover | October 11, 2016

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Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident?
 
SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren’t thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings.
 
 “A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining . . . a gem.” —Booklist, Starred 

CHARLOTTE FOLTZ JONES was an author of award-winning nonfiction books for children, as well as numerous magazine articles.JOHN O'BRIEN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker magazine and has illustrated many popular children's books.
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Title:Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions And How They Came To BeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 0.46 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399552022

ISBN - 13:9780399552021

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"Jones gathers together in a splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining. Jones has great fun with facts, dredging up plenty in a lively, anecdotal account that recollects the oddball origins of a variety of foods, clothing, toys, and devices....A gem of a book."--Booklist, starred review.