Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Review: Weird & Wacky Inventions by Jim Murphy

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Sky Pony Press, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for something a bit different....

 Weird & Wacky Inventions cover


A hair-cutting machine, a used gum receptacle, jumping shoes, and more of the strangest inventions ever!

A hat that can tip itself. A suitcase that turns into a bathtub. A pair of protective eyeglasses for chickens. These are just three of the hundreds of unusual inventions that people have dreamed up over the last two centuries. Some, such as the mustache guard, made perfect sense when they first appeared. Others were considered just plain silly. Jim Murphy has compiled a collection of the weirdest and wackiest inventions and presented them in a quiz style that is challenging and fun. Simple, clear explanations are provided on how the inventions worked or failed to work. Complete with over 100 colored illustrations of these crazy creations, this is the perfect gift for any child interested in science and inventions.


This book is aimed at the 9-12 yr old age group, but even adults will be stumped by some of the inventions and have fun looking through the book. It really is a fun look and how a need is found and people come up with ideas. Some good, some bad. Many you can see where others took the idea and made it better, coming up with products we might know today. As you can see from the top photo and one below, it is presented in a fun question and answer format, when the invention and possible used are on one page, and then you turn the page (below photo) and you get the answer plus some more info.

 Weird & Wacky Inventions sample 2

All in all this is a fun family book, and one that would be fun for school reports, or even simple science project ideas! You might even come up with some ideas to use it for family game night to help settle ties!

About the Author:

Jim Murphy is a two-time Newbery Honor and Sibert Award-winning children’s book author. He’s worked in the publishing industry and is now a freelance writer. He lives with his wife and sons in Maplewood, New Jersey. Book 2 in this series is  BAFFLING & BIZARRE INVENTIONS .

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