Howtoons : tools of mass construction! (#0906AQ5)

by Griffith, Saul; illustrated by Dragotta, Nick

4 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Paperback Image Comics, Inc., 2014
Price: USD 16.03
Description: 346 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Dewey: 507.8; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 6.2


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From Follett

Creators: Dr. Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta, Joost Bonsen.;Sandy Jarrell's name misspelled on item.;Includes index. "Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn the secrets of making their own entertainment. Challenged to make something 'other than trouble,' this brother and sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that you can build"--Back cover.

From the Publisher

"This is a great addition to STEM collections, maker spaces, andelementary- through middle-school graphic-novel collections." -Booklist

"Fine, fabulous stuff" - School LibraryJournal

Lurking in the corners of your garage, on the dusty shelvesof hardware stores, and in your own trashcan are the tools and ingredients forcreating your own adventures. Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn throughplay with over 50 DIY projects! Challenged to make something "other thantrouble," this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys thatreaders can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineeringprinciples, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become activeparticipants in the world around them.

"...perfectly tuned to inspirecreativity as well as promote good work habits in budding inventors andmechanical engineers alike." - Kirkus Review

"Geeks aren't born,they're made... and here's the instruction manual." - WiredMagazine

Product Details
  • Publisher: Image Comics, Inc.
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: 507.8
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 346 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Dragotta, Nick, author, illustrator, creator. ; Bonsen, Joost, author, creator. ; Jarrell, Sandy, illustrator. ; McClaren, Meredith, illustrator. ; Dunlap, Andrea, photographer.
  • ISBN-10: 1-63215-101-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-63215-101-8
  • Follett Number: 0906AQ5
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 6.2

Reviews & Awards
  • Library Media Connection starred, 05/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 09/29/14
  • School Library Journal, 01/01/15
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 10/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 15, 2014 (Online))
Grades 4-8. “Can’t you kids make something other than trouble?” With that, Celine and Tucker’s mother sends them on an adventure of discovery, innovation, and creation, taking readers along for the ride. Creators Griffith and Dragotta—along with a host of other writers and illustrators—are finally back with a new print edition of their popular online how-to comic series for kids. The comics in Howtoons focus on safety, recycling, and, most important, fun. The bright, somewhat chaotic artwork is designed to capture a kid’s attention and imagination. The projects are not laid out in a staid, step-by-step manner, and several of them will require extra thought or adult assistance, but the variety is hard to beat, as the creators cover art, math, engineering, science, and more. Since this is a revised anniversary edition (with about 100 pages of added content), there is a touch of repetition, but not enough to matter to DIY and maker fans, both young and old. This is a great addition to STEM collections, maker spaces, and elementary- through middle-school graphic-novel collections.

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