“This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers’ interest in STEAM subjects.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. Despite the fact that she loves to invent, it never seems to work out in her favor. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
From author Pip Jones, this inspiring story of creativity and perseverance in the face of failure showcases a sweet friendship and is illustrated with bright, zany art from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie.
Then, she has an idea - she will build him some wings! Her first try doesn't work, but with some encouragement from her grandfather, she tries again. When the next try also fails, Izzy is discouraged, but her grandfather helps her to see the power of persistence. On the third try, Izzy almost has it, but she is ready to give up - however, the crow will not let her. Together, they fix the wings, and Izzy aptly names him Fixer.
What I loved: This book is absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The text is rhyming and has an excellent rhythm that is delightful both to read and listen to. The illustrations are perfectly done with the right imagination for the machines and the emotions of Izzy and her grandfather. The lessons in the book are top-notch with so much to learn about persistence and accepting failure on the path to success. I also adore having a girl be an inventor and engaged in STEM. Izzy is a delightful character, and together with her grandfather and crow, they captivate the imagination and heart. Izzy's stories are ones I would love to read again and again, and I am excited the series is continuing in future books.
Final verdict: Passion for STEM, invention, and persistence make IZZY GIZMO shine. This is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys a clever story that is fun to read and beautifully illustrated. Highly recommend for picture book readers of all ages!