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Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention
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Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

by Pip Jones
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

In this companion to the award-winning Izzy Gizmo, Izzy Gizmo returns (together with Grandpa and Fixer) in a charming and eccentric tale of ambition, perseverance, and finding your inner strength.

Izzy Gizmo has been invited to Technoff Isle’s annual convention where the inventor of the best machine will win coveted admittance to the Genius Guild. Great inventors produce gadgets that can be put to good use, so Izzy Gizmo decides to build a recycling machine that mends broken tools. But with fearsome foe Abi von Lavish getting the best of her at every turn, can Izzy Gizmo and Fixer create the winning invention?

Featuring the creative and much-loved heroine of color, this wonderfully exuberant story has serious points to make about the importance of make do and mend.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-164-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD500L
Themes: Consequences, Creativity, Family, Ingenuity, Perseverance, Self-Confidence, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV036020 JUVENILE FICTION / Technology / Inventions
BISAC 2: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC 3: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women


“This ode to imagination, perseverance, and fun just may inspire young readers to do some tinkering of their own.” —Booklist

“Lively rhymes and colorful contraptions, doohickeys, and ‘thingummyjigs’ will inspire tinkerers everywhere.” —Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“The storyline is engaging and will hold the attention of readers from start to finish, while the multicultural characters will be relatable to students. Teachers will love the message of persistence and thinking out of the box, as well as the opportunities to promote design-based thinking. The simple explanations of harnessing wind and solar energy will be easily comprehensible by young children….an engaging picture book with a positive message that will find a place in elementary school libraries.” —School Library Connection

Meet the Author

Pip Jones

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

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.