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Izzy Gizmo
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Izzy Gizmo

by Pip Jones
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

A feisty girl engineer endeavors to help an injured crow fly in this vibrant, STEAM-infused tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship.

“This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers’ interest in STEAM subjects.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent…and often malfunction. Despite the fact that she loves to invent, it never seems to work out in her favor. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help!

Izzy tries again and again to build the crow a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?

Author Pip Jones tells an inspiring story of creativity and perseverance in the face of failure while spotlighting friendship and intergenerational relationships. Bright, zany art from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie adds to the zeal.


Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation
Building STEAM with DIA Booklist (K-Grade 2) ―ALSC

Also available:
Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-021-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-232-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.5
F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD660L
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

Children’s Book Award (2nd Place) ―Florida Literacy Association, 2019-2020

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2019

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Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2019-2020

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


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 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.