100 Things to Know About Inventions

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 09 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021

Talking about this book? Use #100ThingstoKnowAboutInventions #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


How do you sum upthe world's amazing inventions in just 100 words? This striking book takes on the challenge! From helicopters to fireworks, each of the carefully chosen 100 words has its own 100-word long description and quirky illustration, providing a fascinating introduction to inspiring inventions from history to the modern day. Basically, everything you need to know in a nut shell. 

Along with some expected inventions, such as trains and Internet, you'll also discover less predictable inventions that will give you a fresh perspective. With balloons and submarine, you can explore the risks some inventors had to take. Through paper and pencil imagine how such seemingly simple objects would have been groundbreaking at the time of invention; whereas some inventions, such as skates, had a very funny beginning! With a clean, contemporary design, each word occupies a page of its own. A large striking illustration neatly encapsulates the accompanying 100 words of text. 

How do you sum upthe world's amazing inventions in just 100 words? This striking book takes on the challenge! From helicopters to fireworks, each of the carefully chosen 100 words has its own...

Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9780711268081
PRICE $19.95 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 11 members

Featured Reviews

From Leonardo da Vinci coming up with the first known practical parachute, to the Space Shuttle using one as a brake – such a chronology itself is not in this book, although all the tech is. This covers a hundred inventions (well, 99 and the patent) in isolation from each other, but all in easily-read, very digestible, hundred word essays. Near-full page illustrations show everything very smartly, and the text is probably all one would need at a certain primary school age. There's so little to fault here, even if you would perhaps prefer the chronology and the sustained growth of our species' development to be here as a narrative, or for things to be connected via theme, that I have to award the full marks.

Was this review helpful?

Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book. I love the artwork and loved the facts. I found myself repeating some of these facts (the rollarskates) to my husband later on.

Was this review helpful?

This is a very interesting enrichment book that would make a nice addition to school and classroom libraries. Brief histories of 100 items are told in clear, concise paragraphs. Simple illustrations accompany each featured item. I liked the timeline included at the end--it was helpful in contextualizing how tech grew over time. The one thing that might have enhanced the book is some kind of organizational structure. We went from plows to LEGO to microwaves to toilets without any rhyme or reason I could detect. Each write-up can easily stand alone, but it might have broadened some connections to see the inventions progress logically. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Was this review helpful?

This is an adorable book full of fun facts about inventions! The illustrations are great and the descriptions are really well written. While the inventions seem to be in random order, I didn't find this to be a problem to navigate the book because of the table of contents. I enjoyed seeing ancient inventions alongside very recent ones. Definitely a book I'll be purchasing for my library.

Was this review helpful?

A delightful book with cool information abaout many inventions that We use to apply in our current life. It's a good book for young readers (but also for adults) 'cause sometimes We forget to appreciate the hard work and effort that other people did So We could enjoy the perks of Their work. A good reading.

Was this review helpful?

I love these books. I read a similar one about politics from NetGalley and also have the art one in this series. Each book presents 100 topics within a certain subject, using only 100 words for each explanation. These books are so accessible and present so much information, but are in no way overwhelming or too complicated. These books are lovely to have in the classroom, either to be enjoyed as something to dip in and out of, or as an introduction to a specific topic.

Was this review helpful?

Nice brief overview for children of inventions ancient and modern. Each one is accompanied by an illustration and a short paragraph that well sums up the who, where, when, why, and how. Especially kids who demonstrate an interest in science or mechanical work will probably enjoy this.

Was this review helpful?

*An advance reader’s copy was given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an informative book for people who enjoy science, discovery, general knowledge and being that one person in the room that likes to tell others about facts when no one asked. 100 things to know about inventions is exactly like its name. From historical farming ploughs to modern-day rockets and space stations, this book introduces you to a brief history of inventions, accompanied by colourful illustrations. It works as a coffee table book or a gift too! I liked that it covers inventions from the field of physics and chemistry to even things such as paper bags and coins. It is things like this that I take for granted, and never for a second think “I wonder what sparked that invention.” It was truly a pleasure to read. It is a book that is suitable for younger and older readers. Most of the history was explained well, but some I had to read for a couple of times. It is brief and only covers some important points, nothing too terrifying or boring. Since I was given an ARC, I think that was why the quality of illustrations wasn’t as crisp as I hoped it would be. It isn’t the fault of the author or illustrator, but it lowered my experience of reading, especially when the illustrations act as a support that enhances the joy of reading picture books. Though this isn’t reflected in my ratings, but I would still like to mention it.

Was this review helpful?

What an interesting book! We really learned a lot while reading this. Definitely fun to read. Cannot recommend it enough!

Was this review helpful?

I really enjoyed the short factual tidbits about various illustrations. I think the vibrant illustrations and short bursts of text will appeal to reluctant readers. I think it will also appeal to educators and library programs and parents. It’s a great starting point to learn about inventions and inventors. I appreciate that inventions from a range of people and places are included.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: