Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention
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.
What I loved: This whole book is written in rhyme, making it a delight to read aloud and listen to. I absolutely love that the main character is a girl of color who is a STEM whiz! Izzy is really cool, and I love that she takes center stage. It is also really delightful that the person deciding the winner is a female Professor. The book even gives problems to surmount/ an enemy in the form of a rich, white girl, who sees her tools as disposable and keeps getting in Izzy's way. This is action-packed and lightly suspenseful in the race to finish. I appreciated the wisdom of the grandfather and the help from Fixer that show a little bit of teamwork and support when they are needed and Izzy's machine just isn't working the way she wants it to, but ultimately, it is Izzy who comes up with the solutions.
Final verdict: Delightfully rhyming and entertaining competition, IZZY GIZMO AND THE INVENTION CONVENTION is a fun STEM journey that will appeal to young readers. Highly recommend for children of all ages.