Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Weird & Wacky Inventions

Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review - Weird & Wacky Inventions

Weird & Wacky Inventions

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About the Book
A hat that can tip itself. A suitcase that opens and turns into a bathtub. A pair of protective eyeglasses for chickens. These are just three of the hundreds of unusual inventions that people have dreamed up over the last two centuries. Some, such as the mustache guard, made perfect sense when they first appeared. Others were considered just plain silly. Jim Murphy has compiled a collection of the weirdest and wackiest inventions and presented them in a quiz that is challenging and fun.

Simple, clear explanations are provided on how the inventions worked or failed to work. Now for the first time in paperback, and chock-full of nearly one hundred color illustrations of these crazy creations, this is the perfect gift for any child interested in science and invention.

My Take on the Book
Jim Murphy has written two books about inventions. The inventions he wrote about were actually created and the individuals who made them thought they would solve a problem. However when you read each book , you will realize the inventions were never truly used . Sometimes an invention , even though not used after its concept is produced, may inspire someone else to produce a different invention that becomes part of our everyday lives.

The book had an interesting format. The author had a short description about the invention with an accompanying illustration. Under the illustration were choices for the reader to read and then select which answer could be the purpose of the invention. The reader turns the page and there is the correct response with further details of the invention. It is fun to see if you can select the correct answer.

A few of the inventions from the books are the following:
  • There was a machine that could make a dimple on your cheek. It would last a few hours.
  • A portable bathtub was invented. You filled it up with water, stepped into it and zipped it up to your neck.
  • Another person made training pants for dogs were not housebroken.
  • A machine was invented to look like a woman so a man could have a dance partner.
  • A man created a device you attached to a baby's crib that would gently pat a baby to sleep.

These two book were interesting and fun to read.

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*

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