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Inventors and Their Bright Ideas (Horribly Famous) [Paperback]

Dr Mike Goldsmith , Clive Goddard
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5 April 2010 Horribly Famous
You've probably heard of a few inventors and their bright ideas...* Alexander Graham Bell and his telephone * George Stevenson and his Rocket (which was really a train) * John Logie Baird and hi television. But have you heard that... * Bell didn't invent th phone, but he did make a weird machine out of hay and a human ear * Stevenson didn't invent the train, but he did spend a lot ofime collecting gas in bladders * Baird's telly was useless, and so were his thermostatic socks? Yes, even though they're dead, inventors are still full of surprises. Everything you ever wanted to know about Inventors and their bright ideas

Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407111760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407111766
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Clive Goddard didn't know he was a writer until Fintan Fedora happened. He thought he was a cartoonist. It was probably all those years spent illustrating 'Horrible' books for Scholastic that gave him this idea.

Fintan Fedora (The World's Worst Explorer) is his first work of children's fiction, partly inspired by his own love of travel and disastrous experiences. (ie. Being chased by an angry ostrich in Swaziland, having his rucksack soaked by a leaky toilet in The Netherlands, getting heatstroke in Namibia, food poisoning in Thailand and being robbed in China.)

The book has gone on to win the Stockport Schools Book Award 2012 (Key Stage 2) and the Hounslow Book Award 2012 as well as being runner-up in the inaugural Oldham Brilliant Books Award 2012.

The sequel 'Fintan Fedora Explores Again' takes us to Iceland, Turkey, Russia & China and features an ancient lost village, ruthless gangsters and the odd lump of panda poo.

Clive lives in Oxford, UK where he draws, writes and practices sleeping for long periods of time. He is yet to win either The Booker or The Pulitzer prize but has a Blue Peter badge for colouring-in.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inventors and Their Bright Ideas 29 Mar 2005
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This book was quite interesting, giving a detailed description of several famous and not so famous inventors of many devices we use today. It had both facts and fun, but somewhat lacked the upbeat quality of other Dead Famous books. However, this is a good read for you and educational for your child. Definitely worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the popular 'DEAD FAMOUS' series of books 29 Nov 2006
'If it wasn't for whoever it was who invented reading and whoever else invented introductions, you wouldn't be reading this introduction now. It's a stunning thought, isn't it? Good old inventors - you can probably think of loads of them and the great things they invented.....The thing is, dead famous inventors have got a bit of a tendency not to have done what they're famous for. This book is just full of surprises like that (not to mention a talking dog)......there's more to being an inventor than being first to think something up.......'

207 pages, split into chapters:-

Ancient Archimedes and his menacing machinery
Leonardo da Vinci and his secret submarine
Inventors wanted
James Watt and his hot-and-cold machine
George Stephenson and his risky railways
Thomas Edison and his innumerable inventions
Alexander Graham Bell and his very irritating phone
The Wright brothers and their unflappable flying machines
Guglielmo Marconi and his endless esses
John Logie Baird and his spinning telly
Inventors 'R' us
Dead Famous Inventions : wheels to starships in easy-to-swallow chunks

Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the inquisitive inventors 20 July 2011
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Having seen this book at the London Science Museum, I decided to purchase it from Amazon for my 10 year old boy. He is keen on how electrical appliances and gadgets work.
He was very mused with the details in this book. It was an entertaining read for him, to know how the great inventors came about with their inventions and what they invented prior to their inventions. It talks about their disastrous experiments as well.
He throughly loved it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars why is there no age range? 15 Jun 2013
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My son's only just turned 7 last month and is keen on inventions and how stuff works, but his reading is not that great yet.
I tried to look for the age range for this book before buying but it doesnt say anywhere.. I bought it because of the great reviews and it seemed right up my son's street. Sadly, its advanced reading for him yet. He currently maages to read Time magazine for kids Biographies . Hopefully he will use it one day. I am new to the 'Horribly Famous' books....wondering if they are for a certain age group only?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way history should be taught! 9 Sep 2011
My kids love this book. It really brings the inventors to life for them by presenting information about their lives and inventions in a humorous and memorable way. The diagrams and the explanations of how the inventions work are straightforward and clear.
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