Audrey the Amazing Inventor
by Rachel Valentine
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Pub Date 21 Jun 2018 | Archive Date 21 Jun 2018
Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures, words & pictures
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A lovely story about Audrey, an ambitious member of little folk, with her cat and her dad. I loved this because the 'inventor' is not male, a rare occasion of encouraging female talent in engineering/building so I congratulate the writer. I also loved the idea of Audrey having a single dad- some children just have one parent so it's nice to see this diversity, and instead of a little boy and his mummy a little ambitious girl and his daddy is perfect and refreshing. I would recommend this book for children over 2!
This book was so cute! It's about a girl Audrey, who wants to be an inventor and keeps inventing little things that would be useful at home. She works on many projects that fail, and feels bad at some point. Her father encourages her teaching that not all inventions are great and it takes time to invent something good. So long as she learns from her projects, it's all OK. Then Audrey starts to work on next project with more care, and planning, which turns out to be better than before. The book had a very nice message for little kids. It has really cute illustrations. Audrey is adorable. I would definitely recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for granting a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Audrey, a cute redhead, wears her hair in pigtails tied with measuring tape. She is inquisitive, always asking questions, and likes to discover how things work. When her teacher asks everyone what they want to be when they grow up, Audrey beams when she announces, “I want to be an inventor!” That evening she begins drawing plans for inventions she’d like to work on. But after she completes her egg collector and cat-a-pult inventions, she is disappointed that the egg collector is a failure and that the cat is not excited about flying through the air. In fact, all of her inventions don’t quite work for her dad and cat, which to an inventor is fairly devastating. When Audrey declares herself a failure her dad has a talk with her, but will that be enough to put her back on the right track?” Cons: A small "con" would be that I don't care for the eyes, or lack of eyes, on the characters. Pros: I especially enjoyed the detailed illustrations, plus the imagination that Audrey used to come up with her unique inventions. This book should excite many children who have big dreams and even those who don't since it might cause them to think outside-the-box.
Audrey wants to be an inventor, but her early attempts do not succeed. Her amazingly supportive Dad keeps encouraging her, and one day her invention is a success . . . or almost a complete success. This is an upbeat portrait of a spunky, determined inventor who learns how important it is to persist when things don't go quite as expected. Spunky, colorful, "inventive' illustrations match the theme of the story. A fine choice for a read aloud, followed by a discussion of inventors and inventing.
Hooray, there is now a reason to invent a new catagory for picture books about girls that invent things. I think this is either the second or third such picture book out there like this, and it is a good thing. Girls can invent as well as boys. Girls need to see that they can do the things that earlier picture books would have shown only boys doing. What is delightful about this book is the weird and silly inventions that Audrey comes up with, as show below. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-442" src="http://www.reyes-sinclair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Screen-Shot-2018-05-03-at-9.42.06-AM.png" alt="Audrey" /> And although she gets blue, and sad when the inventions don't work, her father assures her that they are all good ideas, none the less, and often you have to fail to succeed. And so she keeps inventing, and comes up with the best invention ever, that almost works as planned. Girls should enjoy reading about a girl like them. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
A sweet book about following your dreams, even when the going gets tough. Audrey wants nothing more in life than to be an inventor, but what she doesn't realize at first, is that not every invention will work out or be perfect on the first try. She almost gives up on her dream, but then her father gives her some sound advice and she decides to give it another go. This time she spends days planning, and making sure everything is perfect before she puts the invention to the test, and sure enough, its perfect. I think this book has some wonderful messages to share with children. The illustrations are stunning, and full of color. A perfect story time or bed time book to share with your little ones.
The first thing I liked about this book is that Audrey is a female and is interested in inventing. She looks like a normal little girl and could be anyone. This is a cute story about following your dreams, even when the going gets tough. Audrey wants to be an inventor, but her inventions often do not work and go awry. What she doesn't realize, is that not every invention will work out or be perfect on the first try. She almost gives up on her dream, but then her father gives her some sound advice and she decides to give it another go. This time she takes a lot of time planning, and making sure everything is perfect before she puts the invention to the test, and sure enough, its perfect, well, almost. I think this book has some wonderful messages to share with children. The idea that girls can be inventors and enjoy science and technology, that if something goes wrong, we can learn from our mistakes and it is important not to give up too easily and try, try again. The illustrations are well done and full of color. They add a lot to the story. Well done.
Audrey is an inventor, but her inventions seem to be doing more bad than good, making her question whether she's really fit to be an inventor. After a little encouragement from her dad, however, she decides to push through, and work on her most ambitious invention yet! I really enjoyed this. First off, the art is so vibrant and colourful, and is just wonderful to look at. The fact that this encourages young girls to get into engineering is also incredible- I've seen a rise in children's books and picture books encouraging girls to get into STEM, something I didn't see a lot when I was young, so reading this just makes me so hopeful in seeing a whole new generation of girls getting into STEM! I also think it was lovely seeing a family unit I'm not used to, with Audrey living with her single dad and a cat. Even though Audrey's inventions can interrupt his day, her dad was there to encourage her to pursue something she loves, and that's really nice to read. I'm slowly building up a pile of books to begin gifting my niece and nephew once they are a bit older, and I can't wait to start!
This is a sweet story about the value of combining imagination with persistence and careful planning. The illustrations are full of funny details and will offer lots to ponder when read out loud.
I would recommend this book for children that are in kindergarten through 2nd grade. This book sparks curiosity and thinking abilities. This book will help little ones drive their imagination in fun ways. The biggest, but best thing this book brings, is if he/she fails, they can try, try, and try again.
I love that Audrey isn’t conventionally pretty and that she has big ambitions! “Audrey the Inventor” is great for encouraging girls to try STEM-related fields.
Taken purely on face value this is a nice little story about a young child who wants to be an inventor. The illustrations are all nice enough but the narrative and pictures aren't really enough to make this stand out on their own. The reason I would recommend this book over many others however is that it serves an important role in promoting a lot of great values children can learn from at an early age. In the first instance, this book features a girl (Audrey) aspiring to be an inventor and as such immediately stands out as a way to help normalise a view of gender equality is STEM areas of study. Secondly, when Audrey encounters difficulties, she never stops trying. So straight away we have a book focusing on perseverance and breaking down gender barriers. Add to this the fact that Audrey appears to come from a single parent family and that she delivers the kind of humour that would appeal to children aged 4-7 years old and what we have here is a perfect little picture book for an early years or KS1 classroom.
Cute, energetic and focused on a girls creativity. Zany attired, wild red hair tied up in pigtails with measuring tape.. she is inquisitive, creative and build things that interest her. Most of her inventions aren't as successful as she'd like them to be..but keeps working. Very much a Little People Big Dreams kind of book. Similar to The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires , Georgia O'Keeffe, Harriet Tubman < Little People Big Dream Books Downloaded from Netgalley to read in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book, perhaps even more than my five year old son! It's about time that we had a strong female lead in a kids' book about invention. Audrey is the star of the book, and is endearing to readers. The book follows the time honoured tradition of 'inventions not quite right, keep trying, it comes good in the end' but having a girl as the main character gives it a freshness. The illustrations are great, and very reminiscent of retro science books somehow! I loved the Heath Robinson / Wallace and Gromit inspired ending, and it certainly sparked a lot of conversation with my son.
This was a cute book about using your imagination and being creative. It teaches kids that failure is a part of the creative process and to not give up on their dreams. I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A fabulous picture book about a little girl who wants to be an inventor. Along the way Audrey makes lots of mistakes but learns that inventors don't get it right every time. As she comes up with her best idea yet, will careful planning and preparation make this invention a success? This book was amazing. The language used was appropriate for young children but also provides opportunities to teach new words in a meaningful context. It could also be used to introduce a unit of work where children must design and make an invention to fit given criteria.
Audrey the Amazing Inventor is an adorable children's storybook about the little girl Audrey and her dream of becoming an inventor. The tale teaches about never giving up and that in order to succeed, one should carefully plan first. The ending is not only funny but it also reminds that sometimes we could still be happy despite that there's a "cat"astrophe.
When I was given the opportunity to review Audrey the Amazing Inventor ahead of its publication, I was delighted – Rachel Valentine is one of my favourite picture book authors (I included Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon in my top ten list back in January). I also adore anything with strong, intelligent, resourceful female characters, and this book did not disappoint. Audrey knows exactly what she wants to be – an inventor. And moreover, she wants to invent things that are fun or useful for her loved ones. This leads to her dad and her pet cat being the long-suffering guinea pigs in several disastrous (and for the reader highly entertaining) mishaps. She finally learns that she needs to put more effort into the planning process, and creates a magnificent invention that works – almost – perfectly! The vibrant, colourful illustrations draw the reader in and the facial expressions on “Happy Cat” as he patiently puts up with Audrey’s experiments are simply priceless. For parents (and no doubt grandparents) who grew up with the crazy inventions of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this book will feel like a familiar story updated for a new generation with a feisty young female protagonist. Audrey could not have come at a better time for us, as my almost 5-year-old daughter recently decided she’d like to be an inventor (a refreshing change after months of princess, unicorn and glitter obsessions!) My 3-year-old also enjoyed it, especially the parts where things go wrong of course! I’m sure we’ll be reading this book again and again.
Love this book! It is a great story about a little girl who wants to be an inventor and doesn't give up. It would be a great book to read to teach growth mindset in the classroom.
Audrey has an active imagination full of ideas of great inventions that would make life easier, but they don’t always go to plan. A fun story full of colourful illustrations that my boys really enjoyed
Very cute story about Audrey - a very curious little girl. She wants very much to be an inventor. Many of her experimental trials fail and she becomes a little sad. Meanwhile, her cat is the unlucky recipient of some of these trials... Yet, her dad encourages her to keep trying. She designs a final experiment - and guess what- Happy Cat is the winner!!! Cute story, great pictures, recommend!
I had a great time reading ‘Audrey the Amazing Inventor’. She is a little girl who has a lot of spirit and determination. Even when things go awry, she has those she loves to push her to not give up. The illustrations brought each scene to life beautifully, and the ending was heartwarming and did a wonderful job bringing this story to a close.
Spunky Audrey, along with her unwitting side kick Happy Cat, get into all sorts of scrapes while Audrey tries to design the next big thing. This title would compliment both STEM and Growth Mindset collections.