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Evil Inventions

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Nick Arnold

This work contains Science with the squishy bits left in. It's time to gear-up for some evil inventions. Dare you discover: the bottom-stabbing bike saddle? The head-chopping machine operated by a sheep? The terrible toilet snorkel? If you think … see full wiki

Author: Nick Arnold
Publisher: Scholastic
1 review about Evil Inventions

"Anyone can have a bright idea. Well maybe not ANYone..."

  • Mar 1, 2009
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The Horrible Science series was highly recommended by several friends, so I chose Evil Inventions (Horrible Science) as a birthday present for my granddaughter. What a lucky choice! There is plenty of serious science here, and all of it presented so cleverly. Much of the text is placed in boxes and illustrated with wacky cartoons, in a way that invites the reader to jump in anywhere.

Chapters cover certain types of inventions in some depth--the bicycle, radio and TV, computers--while several "Awful Advertisements" chapters present one crazy invention per panel, for a high giggle factor: the pooch port-a-potty, the giant duck costume for duck hunters, the parachute hat in case of fire in tall buildings.

EVIL INVENTIONS starts with "The Horrible Science Inventors' Training Course." Lesson 1: Have you got the urge to invent? Lesson 2: Have a bright idea! I was delighted to find that the first "bright idea" case study was the earmuff, invented in Farmington, Maine by Chester Greenwood in 1873. The hilarious excerpts from Chester's diary are fictional, but the facts of the case are sound: Farmington, the town where I work, celebrates Chester Greenwood Day every December with a parade and fair.

I think my granddaughter will enjoy the craziness in this book, while soaking up the facts. I'll be sure she reads the section on Chester Greenwood, since she'll be visiting me in Maine next December and I can take her to the Greenwood Day parade.

Linda Bulger, 2009

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