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The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box: The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer (People Who Shaped Our World)

Written by Marcie Wessels and illustrated by Beatriz Castro
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Crazy about Wii, Nintendo, X-Box, and PlayStation? Meet the inventor whose work made them all possible: Ralph Baer, creator of the first home video game system!

Today, the video game industry keeps growing, with ever more platforms available to fans. But how did the very first system come about? This picture-book biography of Ralph Baer, whose family fled Nazi Germany for the US, introduces kids to a great inventor AND the birth of the first home console. Using wartime technology, Baer thought outside the box and transformed the television into a vehicle for gaming; Baer’s invention, the Odyssey, is a precursor to the Atari gaming system. Today, interactive systems like Wii and PlayStation are descendants of Ralph’s innovative “Brown Box,” making this award-winning inventor the true “Father of Video Games.”

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Quotes from This Book

  • While Ralph built with his construction set, the Nazis built walls to keep Germans in and Jews out. Ralph's world grew smaller . . . and smaller . . . and smaller.
  • After the war, a box of sound and moving pictures captured Ralph's imagination. He packed up his toolbox and took the train from New York to Chicago to study at the American Television Insitute of Technology. By the end of the semester, Ralph could build a TV set from scratch.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ralph invented some things to solve his own pain points and other things to satisfy his curiosity and thirst to push boundaries. What is a pain point you have in your life? Can you think of an invention that would fix it?

  • It’s likely that you’ve never heard of Ralph Baer before, but he accomplished so much! Do you know who invented some of your favorite things? With an adult’s help, do a little research and see what you can learn! Do you know all of the impressive things the people in your life (parents, grandparents, coaches, etc.) have accomplished? Ask them!

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Who Wrote The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box: The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer (People Who Shaped Our World)

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Marcie Wessels

Marcie Wessels is the author of Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime. She has a PhD in Latin American Literature from Tulane University. Previously she taught Spanish Language and Literature at the University of San Diego. She lives in San Diego, CA.

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Who Illustrated The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box: The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer (People Who Shaped Our World)

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Beatriz Castro

Beatriz Castro born in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. After graduating from the School of Arts in Logroño in 2008, she embarked on a career as a professional illustrator. Her art has appeared on covers and in books produced by international publishers. Beatriz lives in her native town with her family.

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Marcie Wessels's Book Dedication

For gamers everywhere

Beatriz Castro's Book Dedication

For my family, especially Carlos and my dogs. And for those who are here, and those who are no longer with us.

Which company brought Ralph's video game console to market?
  1. Nintendo
  2. Magnavox
  3. Atari
  4. Pong
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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1454932597
ISBN 13:
9781454932598
Publication Date:
March 3, 2020