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Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie and Pip Jones
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“A spunky young inventor in a subtle story of teamwork.”

Izzy Gizmo is a spunky young girl stepping into the spotlight with her inventing prowess. An invitation slips through her mail slot informing a surprised Izzy of her requested attendance at the Invention Convention. With her supportive, quirky grandfather and her trusty assistant, Fixer the bird, she gathers her supplies and travels to Technoff Isle. Thanks to a competitor’s wastefulness as broken tools pile up on the floor, inspiration strikes and Izzy knows exactly what to create—the Tool-Fix-Recycle-O-Matic! When their competitor’s machines begin to blow fuses, Fixer and Izzy combine their problem solving skills to tinker and tweak their invention to be environmentally friendly by using energy from the wind, sun, and water. Fixer and Izzy both get a ribbon as their amazing invention wins first prize. Ogilvie’s busy and colorful illustrations perfectly mirror Izzy’s throw-it-together style. While impressive rhymes adorn the pages, they break once in the middle and it takes more than one read aloud to master the flow. The disappointing aspect of all the other contestants’ machines failing ranks this educationally motivating read slightly below similar titles like Rosie Revere, Engineer, yet it remains a worthwhile addition to the genre promoting girls in science with an ending theme of friendship and teamwork.

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In this companion to the award-winning Izzy Gizmo, Izzy Gizmo returns (together with Grandpa and Fixer) in a charming and eccentric tale of ambition, perseverance, and finding your inner strength.

Izzy Gizmo has been invited to Technoff Isle’s annual convention where the inventor of the best machine will win coveted admittance to the Genius Guild. Great inventors produce gadgets that can be put to good use, so Izzy Gizmo decides to build a recycling machine that mends broken tools. But with fearsome foe Abi von Lavish getting the best of her at every turn, can Izzy Gizmo and Fixer create the winning invention?

Featuring the creative and much-loved heroine of color, this wonderfully exuberant story has serious points to make about the importance of make do and mend.

What Kind of Book is Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Quotes from This Book

  • "Great inventors produce machines which can really be put to good use."
  • "Izzy Gizmo and Fixer were making a racket inventing a So-Sew to fix Grandpa's jacket."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Izzy’s Grandpa reminds her that inventors create things that are helpful. If you could invent something to help you with your day today, what would it be?

  • Izzy’s Tool-Fix-Recycle-O-Matic uses environmentally friendly aspects like harnessing power from the wind and sun. Do you know how to recycle and be environmentally friendly? How could you be more environmentally friendly?

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Who Wrote Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

author & illustrator
Pip Jones

Pip Jones spent her childhood gobbling up books and dreaming about being an author. At nineteen, she began a career in journalism, and in 2014, she published her first book. Pip is most often found either writing, staring at the contents of the fridge, or herding her two children. She lives in London.

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Who Illustrated Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

Sara Ogilvie

Sara Ogilvie studied illustration and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Sara exhibits across the UK and abroad and creates images for editorial, design, and advertising. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England.

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Pip Jones's Book Dedication

For Mia Luna, and in memory of your sparkling daddy, Tristan.

Sara Ogilvie's Book Dedication

For Erika

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “There’s much to like: Brown-skinned inventor girl Izzy is an appealing character, it’s great to see a nurturing brown-skinned male caregiver, the idea of an “Invention Convention” is fun, and a sustainable-energy invention is laudable. However, these elements don’t make up for rhymes that often feel forced and a lackluster story.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
March 1, 2020
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created in pencil, ink, oil pastel, monoprint, and digital techniques.

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