A feisty tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship, sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring young inventors.
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent―and they often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she just has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. And that makes Izzy really cross! Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Themes: Creativity, Consequences, Family, Friendship, Ingenuity, Perseverance
BISAC 1: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 2: JUV036000 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Technology
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
“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.” ―School Library Journal
“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.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Brightly illustrated, this picture book will make for a fast-paced read aloud that is pleasing to the ear.…it will surely leave the class in a fit of giggles. In addition to helping develop fluency and prosody, the vibrant vocabulary and rhyme scheme make this book an excellent addition to a lower elementary language arts block. As it features a young girl involved in the STEM fields, this title fills a gap in existing literature and is a much-needed selection for libraries.” ―School Library Connection
Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018
Building STEAM with DIA Booklist (K-Grade 2) ―ALSC, 2019
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2019
Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Literacy Association, 2019-2020
Delaware Diamonds Awards (Nominee, K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2019-2020
Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2018-2019
Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2020
Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine, 2019
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Meet the Author
Pip Jones spent her childhood gobbling up books and dreaming about being an author. At nineteen, she began a career in journalism, and in 2014, she published her first book. She lives in England.
Meet the Illustrator
Sara Ogilvie studied illustration and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Sara exhibits across the UK and abroad and creates images for editorial and design. She lives in England.