Invented by Animals
Meet the creatures who inspired our everyday technology
by Christiane Dorion
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 04 May 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions, Wide Eyed Editions
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS 2022
An international best-seller, translated into over 25 languages
Often human scientists try and solve a problem or invent a new tool and they realise that animals have already invented it for them. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.
We have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. Sometimes when a human inventor gets stuck, they come to the animal kingdom to see if we can help them out. In this book you will meet the crème de la crème of animal innovators who have created or are in the process of inventing things that people use every day.
Meet the shark who invented a pair of swimming shorts so fast, they were banned from the Olympic games. And meet the snail who has invented a house that stays cool inside even in the desert.
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Average rating from 24 members
Invented by Animals by Christiane Dorion is a fascinating reference that focuses on amazing, unique abilities in a huge variety of animals. It is a wonderfully illustrated book that combines genres like science and art in an accessible way. Each short section focuses on a different animal and ability, such as language, flight, building, ability to grow back body parts, etc. Each page features vibrant, fun illustrations and would be best for children in later elementary school and middle school. Even adults will find this fun and informative! Thank you Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions and NetGalley for providing this ARC.
This book is brilliant! It's humorous and extremely educating! As an adult I found many interesting and unknown facts for myself! Each animal introduces themselves in a funny manner and explain how they inspired humans in certain achievements! This book is parent + child friendly. Whole family will have fun reading it!
I absolutely loved this. It’s for a slightly older audience than my kid, so we read it in small chunks together over a few days. The illustrations are super cool, I love love loved them, and I was totally surprised by some of the info in here!! I have never come across a book quite like this one. There are lots of books about cool animal facts, but this one was presented in a really attractive and modern way, which I really appreciated. Will probably pick up a copy!
I thought this book to be fascinating. I enjoyed reading about how these animals’ strange functions inspired inventors and scientists to create brilliant invention with the possibility of more invention. They are truly the originators of many of our new gadgets.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own." This is so well put together. I loved all the different animals and the facts that were presented. It was beautiful and engaging and would be a great resource along side an animal study or just to read on by itself.
What a wonderfully illustrated learning tool! Learn how smart scientists looked to the natural world to craft substitutes to make our lives better by showing what different fauna have. Stir your own inventiveness by changing perspectives and thinking *outside the lab*! The information is encyclopedic and the organizational aspect is perfect. I plan to get one for the local library and nudge the out-of-town parents to get their own! Perfect for ages 7-97. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions via NetGalley. Thank you!
This book will undoubtedly fascinate young future scientists. In it, they will learn about the many ways in which animals, sea creatures and insects have invented things that have inspired and influenced human technology. For instance, the second entry is about a butterfly that has taught humans about adding color to textiles. Next readers learn about a shark’s skin and its influence on everything from bathing suits to, potentially, the material on the outside of airplanes. Each colorful two page spread includes numerous facts and lively illustrations. There are more than thirty entries in all. This is an interesting title that kids can explore in any order. Who knows what ideas they will have after reading this book? Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.
This book had me from the first illustrations of animals in lab coats. I would recommend this to every school and to all of my animal obsessed students. Just reading this gave me some fun new animal facts that will make me seem cool to my second graders. The illustrations are wonderful and the book is written in language that is easy for a young student to understand when read to, but difficult enough that a middle-elementary student could read it independently.
This was beautiful and vibrant in a vivid blend of science and art! My kids enjoyed learning about different animals and the animals and facts were quite varied and entertaining!
Many of our planets’ most innovative inventions were inspired by nature. “Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures who Inspired our Everyday Technology” looks at some of the animals that have inspired these inventions. These inventions include superfast swimwear, drones, surgical glue, and sonar. This book is filled with a variety of anthropomorphic narrators who discuss how the adaptations that help them survive in the wild have inspired scientists. The pages are brightly colored and filled with interesting, if randomly placed, facts. Independent readers will enjoy looking at the pictures and reading about this interesting collection of animals. This book will find a home in public and school libraries, but educators will have a hard time incorporating this book into the classroom. The placement of “thought bubbles” is random, and there is no text that unifies the book. It is almost unusable as a classroom read-aloud. This book is also not recommended as a tie-in to the science curriculum. Although “Invented by Animals” has a table of contents and an index of the animals mentioned, it is lacking other important nonfiction elements; there isn’t a bibliography, a glossary, a listing of resources for further investigation, or any pictures of the wondrous animals described in the book. I would still recommend Invented by animals for students’ personal reading. The attractive layout, and the basic facts that are included, might prompt a child to learn more about these animals or the steps involved with inventing new products. This is a recommended purchase for elementary school and public libraries. Thank you to NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Hide entire review because of spoilers
A wonderfully-, playfully-, thoughtfully-constructed look at the way inventors, scientists, and others have borrowed and learned from a wide variety of animals to create skin care products, clothing, structures, repairs, eco-friendly materials, and more!
I used this as science material when homeschooling! I have two boys, ages 4 and 9 who loved this book so much. We did a few pages a day and they actually talked about how they would invent something useful from another animal of their choice not listed in the book. This was a great book with wonderful images and fun facts that keep children interested in learning more about these amazing animals.
Awesome .. I really love the concept and idea of this book. Knowledge about special animals who inspiring human to developing amazing inventions and solve tricky problems. With cute illustration and fun language to explaining, my kid totally love it. The chance to know about what animals represent as master disguise, super zoom vision, master builder or an expert paper maker totally intriguing them nonstop.
So engaging and wonderfully illustrated! Many of earth’s most innovative inventions were inspired by nature - and what a great way to learn of them all with “Invented by Animals’! There is really no page where I didn’t learn a new fact - so I can only imagine all the facts and information to be discovered by a child! The illustrations are delightful and each page is dedicated to a different animal or insect. This title is an excellent addition to any home or school library, and sure to be a fast favorite. I requested and received an advance readers copy from Quarto Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you so much!
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Invented by Animals is a beautifully illustrated children's book which is light and easy to read and listen to and gives some fantastic information to children about each animal/insect/fish/creature. Each animal has a two page spread and has information about who they are, how they're inspiring humans, what humans are trying to achieve from them and much more! I would love this book to be part of a series and a second book idea could be of how these animals have evolved to be what they are. A very interesting and fun read for children!
Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures who Inspired our Everyday Technology, written by Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Gosia Herba, is a children's nonfiction book. Often human scientists try and solve a problem or invent a new tool and they realize that animals have already invented it for them. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans. Meet the shark who invented a pair of swimming shorts so fast, they were banned from the Olympic games. And meet the snail who has invented a house that stays cool inside even in the desert. Invented by Animals is a book that offers readers insight about how animals and nature have inspired inventions and innovation. Many of the facts and stories were something I had read or heard part of before, while some of the information was new to me. I thought the pages were well designed- with small sections of text and plenty of bright illustrations to capture the attention and imagination of readers. The information was well worded, so that it was never condescending nor too complex so the book can appeal to a wide range of readers. This was an interesting and engaging read that would be equally welcome in school, classroom, and personal libraries.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the opportunity to read this advanced copy of Invented by Animals. This was a fun and interesting read, with cute and original illustrations. One concern would be the large amount of information presented may be daunting to young readers, but the illustrations and language may present the book as too childish for older kids. Nevertheless, the great variety of animals and facts are presented as well as the appealing presentation make this a quality addition to any library's juvenile non-fiction collection.
All these times, I thought that human beings are truly excelled above all those animals. How smart we are, creating things. But, alas, not everything was thought and created from human minds. For surviving the world, some animals created things that were copied by human beings. So here we are with a self-air-conditioned house, a cardboard material, and defying gravity, for example. And those are created based on some animals ability to keep on living in the harsh world. One good book to read, and learn and maybe invent some ideas never been thought before.