Learn about machines the fun way! The Magic School Bus meets The Way Things Work in this kid-friendly guide to understanding the basics of simple machines, perfect for budding engineers.
The Invention Hunters travel the globe in their flying museum collecting the world's greatest inventions! Today they've landed in a construction zone. These silly scientists think they've stumbled on incredible specimens of everything you'd never find at a building site, from roller skates and pogo sticks to swords and race cars. But what they really discover--with a kid as their guide--is how simple machines like pulleys, cranks, and levers are used to engineer tools ranging from jackhammers to dump trucks...and even toilets!
Using simple explanations and diagrams and a heaping helping of humor, the Invention Hunters make the perfect companions for curious kids who are ready to learn about science, physics, engineering, history, and more.
About the Author
Korwin Briggs is a writer and illustrator who makes books, comics, and infographics about history and science. He has written the Invention Hunters series which includes, The Invention Hunters Discover How Machines Work, The Invention Hunters Discover How Electricity Works. The Invention Hunters Discover How Light Works, and The Invention Hunters Discover How Sound Works. He's also the author and illustrator of Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World and a webcomic, Veritable Hokum. He lives in New York, and he invites you to visit his website at KorwinBriggs.com.
* "Like...David Macaulay and Captain Underpants, this routinely silly, genuinely intelligent deep dive into engineering basics leaves kids as informed as they are amused."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The text and illustrations succeed in grabbing the readers' attention because of the vivid colors and spirit of fun. The characters are quirky and silly, making this nonfiction book about simple machines...engaging."
—School Library Connection
"The balance of the fantastical story with scientific and historical facts makes this a good title to recommend to fiction and nonfiction readers alike."—School Library Journal