Awesome Achievers in Technology: Super and Strange Facts about 12 Almost Famous History Makers

Awesome Achievers in Technology: Super and Strange Facts about 12 Almost Famous History Makers
Author(s)
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
August 06, 2019
ISBN
978-0762463367
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Part of a super fun middle grade series, Awesome Achievers in Technology puts the spotlight on lesser-known heroes and their contributions in tech.


Everyone has heard the name Steve Jobs, but what about Nolan Bushnell--Jobs's boss before the invention of Apple, and the founder of the first major video game, Pong? Many of the most relevant figures in tech history have remained in the shadows, but not any longer! From Alan Katz's new Awesome Achievers series, Awesome Achievers in Technology gives kids a look behind the scenes at 12 lesser-known inventors whose contributions to tech are personally relevant to their lives today. Each figure is given a traditional biography but is also subject to Katz's unique brand of silliness, with humorous elements such as imagined poems, song lyrics, and diary entries by and about the not-so-famous figure accompanying each bio.

Spot illustrations throughout add to the lighthearted and appreciative humor each figure receives. Reluctant readers and budding tech enthusiasts alike will delight in this imaginative and engaging introduction to a new series of laugh out loud biographies.

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filled with fun facts about everyday technology
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
AWESOME ACHIEVERS IN TECHNOLOGY is an approachable middle grade non-fiction book about people behind every day inventions that you may have never heard about. The book gives the facts before also giving the author's take with funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even activities (like a maze). The book is relatively short, and so is great for someone who wants to learn more about technology, including Siri and the microwave oven.

Each chapter has an illustration of the person (or people) discussed, so you get a bit of a biographical feel for them. The main part of the book is certainly the text, but the writing is very approachable for young readers, written in a way that is really conversational- just like if a friend was telling you about this person and what they did.

The book is really short overall, so it's easy to read in a sitting or to be broken up into multiple sittings. While it does contain facts, it's not quite a reference book. It is really just a fun book for kids who love to learn (and parents too- I definitely learned some new things in the book!). Would recommend for kids who want new facts/knowledge given to them in a funny and approachable way.
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