on 13 November 2008
I bought this book for my son's seventh birthday and he has gone back to it over and over again. Written and illustrated in an easy to understand and humourous style, it covers nearly every major invention of modern times (plus a few not so major ones - a motorised noodle fork, for example?!). I highly recommend this book to anyone whose child, like mine, has an inquisitive mind and a thirst for knowledge, and who loves non-fiction books just as much as the more conventionally loved fairy stories.
on 20 June 2013
My 5.75 year-old son is really into fact books, and was thrilled when this first arrived. He's enjoyed several pages, but does find the rather dense/busy layout a bit too much at this point. Also, although the Brainwaves are cute, at his age and with slight Aspergers' tendencies he finds them a bit confusing in that they suggest an unreal sense of scale. For now it's been temporarily abandoned in favour of the simpler Usborne lift-the-flap books (which, incidentally, also occasionally feature mini-figures). However, I'm certain he'll love revisiting this one when he's bit older.