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Izzy Gizmo by [Pip Jones, Sara Ogilvie]

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"The bright pops of color make the artwork vivid and appealing. The text is full of challenging new words for young readers and the text rhymes, which allows the story to flow in a fun, inventive way. The theme of not giving up after a first, second, and third failure will resonate with readers of all ages. This book will inspire kids to get out there and to try new things."

"This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers' interest in STEAM subjects. Additionally, themes of creativity and tenacity, together with the portrayal of a girl who's allowed to show anger and frustration, make this a worthwhile read. Fun, with depth." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Pip Jones is a London based children's author, feature writer, columnist and editor, most often found writing or herding children. She is the author of the award-winning Squishy McFluff series for Faber.
Sara Ogilvie is one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators. Since graduating in 1993 with an illustration/printmaking BA Hons and a PG diploma in 1994 from Edinburgh College of Art, Sara has continued to create and develop work which has been exhibited across the UK and abroad. She has won numerous awards for her work including a Commonwealth heads of Government commission to create a co-published lithograph with Edinburgh Printmakers, presented to Nelson Mandela, HRH the Queen and heads of State.

Sara Ogilvie is an illustrator and printmaker. She was the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award winner and was shortlisted for the Best Emerging Illustrator Award 2010. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, which she illustrated, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 and the Booktrust Early Years Award 2010. Sara lives in lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B01N58UX2J
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children's UK (10 August 2017)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5784 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
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  • Print length : 32 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 274 ratings

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Reviewed in Australia on 28 June 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any young child who aspire to become inventors or engineers.
By I_teach_muggles on 28 June 2020
I’m a huge fan of Pip Jones. If you are not familiar with her books then I can recommend checking out Piggy Handsome and Squishy McFluff, that’s after you’ve checked out Izzy Gizmo. This is the perfect read for inspiring children to be creative, solve problems and for developing a love of scientific skills.

Izzy Gizmo loves inventing, the only problem is the things she invents seems to have a knack of malfunctioning. Her poor Grandpa is often the bearer of the unfortunate malfunctions but rather than admonish her for he mistakes he is full of positive encouragement, “Try again and again if you want to succeed.”

When Izzy finds an injured crow she wants to do something to help it, but inventing new wings is a tricky thing. Can Izzy’s new invention ‘take-off’?

If you are familiar with ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts then you will immediately be noticing the similarities between Rosie and Izzy. Child inventors who are both more than happy to give-up when things don’t work out how they had planned. Both Rosie and Izzy have positive role models who encourage them to keep on going and will not allow the children to give-up on themselves.

Izzy Gizmo is a fabulous rhyming story about one young girl’s trials and tribulations in her search to find an invention to solve a problem. It is full of positive messages about never giving up, perseverance, how mistakes help us learn and embracing failure. The rhyming prose are a delight and the lively and vivd illustrations by Sara Ogilvie are detailed and engaging. I particularly love the ever-changing expressions on Izzy’s face and her bright red cheeks. Ogilvie perfectly captures Izzy’s highs and lows (and the crow’s too)!

It it is hilarious watching Izzy’s frustration as things don’t go to plan as her reactions are so typical of a child; kicking things that don’t work, going off in a huff, sulking, yelling, wanting to throw things away; it all feels so authentic and genuine. There is obviously an important message behind all of this and that is that children need to be resilient, overcome problems and difficulties, and develop a growth-mindset.

Part of me was a bit uneasy as I watched Izzy race around the town ‘pinching’ the things that she needed for her bird-wing invention. I have a particular dislike when books make things that are wrong seem ok. I was glad to see that at the end of the book Izzy’s misdemeanours are recognised and she is told to go and fix what she has broken.

I love this read as it challenges gender and family stereotypes. Grandpa and Izzy live together, are BAME characters and it is great to have a young girl represented as an engineer and inventor.

This is essential reading for any young child, particularly girls, who aspire to become inventors and/or engineers. An enjoyable and engaging read and a reminder about the importance of never giving-up. If you want more of Izzy’s adventures there is great news as they continue in a second book, Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention.

Recommended for 6+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, light-hearted story about not giving up. With beautiful, vibrant illistrations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for a 5 year old
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to inspire young inventors!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant picture book to teach resilience and perseverance.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
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