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Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Written by Pip Jones

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers School Stories Science

LoveReading View on Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

This is the second story about Izzy and Fixer. The series began with Izzy Gizmo.

It’s a big day in junior inventor Izzy Gizmo’s house: a letter has arrived with an invitation to an Invention Convention.  At first, Izzy is uncharacteristically unsure, pointing out that her machines don’t always work.  Following a wonderfully robust response to that from her Grandpa - “Cobblers!” he shouts – they pack up her tools and set off for Technoff Isle in an extraordinarily wonderful, amphibious vehicle, designed by Izzy.  The plot moves forward as energetically as Izzy’s contraption, with the young inventors challenged to an invention competition.  Izzy seems to be in trouble when one of her competitors selfishly hoards all the materials available for herself, but there’s very little that Izzy can’t tackle with her limitless ingenuity and creativity.

Picture book stars don’t come much more inspirational or resilient than young Izzy, but she’s thoroughly human too, not above getting frustrated or bad-tempered and often in need of encouragement from Grandpa and her friend Fixer the crow. The story is a joyful celebration of inventions and inventiveness with an excellent message for young readers. Pip Jones’ rhyming text and Sara Ogilvie’s action-packed illustrations match each other for wit and energy. This is a story guaranteed to fire the imagination, and let’s face it, the world needs more Izzy Gizmos.

This review first appeared on Books for Keeps.

Andrea Reece

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention Synopsis

Meet Izzy Gizmo - a fabulously feisty new character from Pip Jones (Squishy McFluff, Daddy's Sandwich) brought to life with exuberant and detailed illustrations from the bestselling illustrator of The Detective Dog, Sara Ogilvie. Izzy and Fixer are back for more machine mayhem... While their fellow contestants at the Invention Convention are intent on making shiny new things using old power, can Izzy and Fixer build a recycling machine fuelled by nature... AND win the coveted Genius Guild badge along the way? A joyful celebration of the magic of make-do-and-mend from the creators of the much-loved Izzy Gizmo.

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention Press Reviews

Praise for Izzy Gizmo:

'Jones's loping, engaging rhymes and Ogilvie's vivacious images evoke both inspiration and frustration' The Guardian

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ISBN: 9781471145230
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471145230
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Pip Jones
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, School Stories, Science
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers
Collections: Diverse Voices - 80 Children's Books that Celebrate Difference,

About Pip Jones

Pip Jones is a freelance journalist. Squishy McFluff won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize in 2012 and Pip is delighted to bring him to the page at Faber. She lives in East London with her partner, her two daughters and a real invisible cat. She writes a lot. She is the author of four other Squishsy McFluff books, several pitcure books (including Daddy's Sandwich and The Chocolate Monster) and her new series Piggy Handsome is coming out in summer 2017.

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