DOTTY INVENTIONS by Roger McGough

DOTTY INVENTIONS

and Some Real Ones Too
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

With help from her robot Digby, young scientist Dotty Dabble enters such ill-conceived inventions as nasal floss, voice-activated socks, and thermal dentures in a competition. Being a legend in her own mind, Dotty also takes credit for the ball-point pen, Velcro, the Frisbee, parachutes, and several other familiar items—claims that Digby, after a bit of fact-checking, quickly scotches. Cartoons illustrate inventions both useful and cockamamie in action; in the end, Digby’s the surprise winner, outscoring self-correcting pens, stereo umbrellas, digital deck chairs, and like competitors. As with Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work (1997), the mix of notably silly flights of fancy followed by corrective straight dope at least helps to demythologize everyday technology in an entertaining way (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-84507-036-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2004




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