Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention
Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie
Simon & Schuster
It’s great to see a second rhyming story about young designer/inventor Izzy Gizmo and Fixer her crow collaborator.
Now she’s super excited, for an invitation to the annual Invention Convention has arrived through her letterbox. Grandpa ensures she overcomes her initial uncertainty about the reliability of her machines and off they sail to Technoff Isle in a machine of Izzy’s design.
Izzy has set her sights on the badge to the Genius Guild to be awarded to the winning design. Inevitably so have all the others
and one in particular is a selfish hoarder of materials.
Despite this and other setbacks, Izzy’s unfailing creativity and ingenuity (not to mention some assistance from Fixer) finally win through …
Izzy’s such a powerful role model – resilient, inspiring but also on occasion apt to let her frustrations get the better of her until Grandpa and Fixer offer encouragement.
Fast paced and spirited as Izzy herself, Pip Jones’ narrative drives its message to a satisfying finale and in combination with Sara Ogilvie’s splendidly energetic, offbeat illustrations, this is a smashing book to set the imagination of young readers and listeners sparking with creativity.