Impossible Inventions

Ideas That Shouldn't Work

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A funky and fascinating collection of ideas, patents, and plans.

When Leonardo da Vinci, over five hundred years ago, invented the tank, car, helicopter, glider, parachute, submarine, elevator, and telescope, he was considered a dreamer. Or even crazy. Today he is understood to be a genius, ahead of his time.

This book collects ancient and modern inventions. Some are revolutionary, others comical, others simply impossible. But each testifies to the extraordinary imagination of its inventor. You’ll find a flying bicycle, a bubble telegraph, passenger clouds and passenger birds, mechanical chess players, a water clock, a concentration hood, and many more incredible ideas.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-77657-170-3
$23.99 $17.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science
Copyright 2018
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2018-01-01
BISACS JNF061010, JNF051000
Dewey 608
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 9.8
Lexile 980
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Reviews

Booklist

“This quirky but oddly compelling compendium of contraptions will make a lovely leisure-reading addition to STEM collections.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“An amiable ramble past some of the quirkier highlights in the history of invention.”—Kirkus Reviews

Illustrator: Alexandra Mizieliński

Alexandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński are authors of internationally recognized children's books and creators of fonts, apps, and websites. Their prize-winning book Maps was a worldwide bestseller. They live in Poland.

Illustrator: Daniel Mizieliński

Daniel Mizieliński and Alexandra Mizielińska are authors of internationally recognized children's books and creators of fonts, apps, and websites. Their prize-winning book Maps was a worldwide bestseller. They live in Poland.

Author: Małgorzata Mycielska

Małgorzata Mycielska is an art historian, publisher, and book editor. She lives in Poland.

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Impossible Inventions

A funky and fascinating collection of ideas, patents, and plans. When Leonardo da Vinci, over five hundred years ago, invented the tank, car, helicopter, glider, parachute, submarine, elevator, and telescope, he was considered a dreamer. Or even crazy. Today he is… View available downloads →