Brooke is an aspiring young inventor who has a big day ahead of her. She has to go to school and give a presentation on her favorite inventor, Jacques Cousteau. As she gets dressed, brushes her teeth and goes downstairs for breakfast, she takes notice of all the inventions that make her morning routine easier, like toothpaste and toasters. But she worries about speaking in front of her class. What if she messes up? But her grandfather encourages her and while they walk to school together, he tells her about other great inventions and the people who came up with them.
Also concerning Brooke is an important soccer game after school for which she has to make cookies for her teammates. She and her mother bake together and accidentally invent something delicious. Then it’s off to the soccer game. Can Brooke and the Blue Bobcats win the game and beat the Purple Panthers? Whether they do or not, she’ll have fun and learn many interesting things along the way.
In their picture book THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS, David and Emberli Pridham have done a great job combining facts and storytelling. They’ve used Brooke’s story to educate kids on the origin of everyday items, such as shoes and seat belts. The “Did You Know” sections, the timeline and the patent information at the end were nice additions. The stories of the inventors and their inventions are fairly detailed so parents will want to help their children read this book as it may be a little too much information for young readers on their own. The font of the print is quite small, and all black. On some pages, it overlaps with the illustrations, making it difficult to read. The pictures are a little flat, but very colorful and detailed and, overall, quite well done. Kids and parents alike will have fun reading this book together.
David and Emberli Pridham’s THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS is a cute and educational picture book that will inspire young inventors everywhere to get creative and see how they can improve the world.
~Heather Stockard for IndieReader