Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention
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March 01, 2020
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In this companion to the award-winning Izzy Gizmo, Izzy Gizmo returns (together with Grandpa and Fixer) in a charming and eccentric tale of ambition, perseverance, and finding your inner strength.
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.

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fun STEM contest!
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IZZY GIZMO AND THE INVENTION CONVENTION is a delightful, rhyming book about staying true to yourself and getting creative. Izzy Gizmo loves making machines to do helpful things. An invitation arrives from Mick Marvel to invite her to Technoff Isle, where she will compete with other inventors. Whichever invention the Professor likes most will win, and they will be inducted into the genius guild. Izzy works with her bird, Fixer, whose wings she had made after his were damaged to put together an incredible machine. However, at every turn, Abi von Lavish seems to be in the way, taking things Izzy needs for her invention. Her creativity combined with a little help from her friends may be the way to win!

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.
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