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Invent Stuff-Kids Edition Paperback – April 25, 2014
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As a successful innovator, I have had the great honor of working for some of the best brands in the world. I love what Nicholas has done with this book by making innovation and the gifts of innovation truly approachable. I guess one of the best ways to describe this message is that it is innovation unplugged, an organic and natural approach towards what others have made so complex. --Malcolm DeLeo, Ph.D. Innovation Strategist and Author
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- Publisher : Lassen Scientific, Inc. (April 25, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 74 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615998798
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615998794
- Reading age : 8 - 10 years
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
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Take a look at the pictures I took and see if you may be interested in such a book.
I am unable to upload pictures to this book, not sure why. I'll try to describe the pages that I took pictures of.
(1) One activity is to save plastics, bottles, and bags and build a tower with them, make a squirt gun or to hold pencils.
(2) The next page describes how to make a pencil holder.
(3) Another page says: "Myth # 5 - You aren't creative enough". Bellow it, 7 sentences that go like this "You have to be kidding me. You are so chalked full of creative pizzazz that it is leaking out of your ears and you don't even know it. You ooze creative magic. People are so creative that it's something they never grow out of. So don't worry about losing your creative mojo either. Did you know that the US patent and trademark office issues about 3000 patents every week? That's a lot of new ideas powered by creativity!" Yes, that's it for this page. The rest of the page is filled with a very mediocre illustration of an excited face.
(4) The next page is called "Myth #6 - It's all about numbers". Also half a page long, and the last sentence goes like this: "So if you don't think you can be an inventor because you might have to do math, you need to get out of town because that's just plain crazy talk".
(5) Another activity is to take turns writing a story with a friend. You write a sentence and choose the first word that your friend will need to use for his sentence.
(6) Another page lets you in on a "secret": you never invent alone, so open up your ideas to all your friends and family (I hope they later discus NDAs as well! :) )
The book has 74 pages, but they use just about 1/2 a page when I look at the pictures I took. The other half is either left empty or has a giant silly illustration. Also, I looked for a table of contents to take a picture of that, but couldn't find it...
BTW, the publisher is listed as Lassen Scientific Inc, which according to the author's Linkedin page, he's a partner there and the company specializes in product development and commercialization. Huh? Doesn't even sound like a publishing company to me.
And another thing that I discovered. This guy also wrote a similar book (also titled Invent Stuff) for adults. Currently, that book has two 5 stars reviews. The first reviewer reviewed only 3 products in 4 years, 2 of them are books by this author (Nicholas J. Webb). This makes me think his review is unreliable.
The other review is by "Dcjanodesign". If you google that name you find that Dcjanodesign is David Janowitz, founder of Dcjanodesign. And surprise surprise, if you go to the "about" page of Hanz toys (http://hanztoys.com/about/) you find out that the author is the founder of the toy company, and David Janowitz is on the Management Team and Advisors responsible for Branding and Communication. (BTW, the toy claims to develop your imagination... I studied it carefully as I considered buying it, I'll just say that that toy seems to me like a rip off as well. That's actually how Amazon referred me to this book, as I viewed the toys created by the same person)
I can't stand it that people try to skew reviews like that. They know that positive reviews mean more people buy the product, and they dupe people into thinking they are legitimate customers.
Sure, it's simple and has big illustrations but it's meant for KIDS :) I think that's what makes it so great. Nicholas Webb shares information that's not only relevant to children but to adults as well. He has another one that's geared more toward adults. This book is a short read, has many graphics, examples, experiments- but the purpose behind all of that is to get kids engaged. He wants them to think for themselves; be confident in their choices; take risks; and he never ONCE holds back saying that it's not going to be hard work. Inventing takes persistence and work. Personally, I think this book is geared toward 8 year olds and above, just as the toy sets are. It's meant to inspire- not to impress.
If you are looking for a book that a child can take notes in, and sparks creative thinking and confidence this is a great book for your young ones!