Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Review: 'Mister TV' by Julie Fulton and Patrick Corrigan (gifted)

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own. 

It's been a while since I blogged - before Christmas I was starting to find it more of a chore than a pleasure so I took a little break which turned into a few months - but now I feel like I need an outlet and a distraction from what's going on in the world. (If you're reading this from sometime in the future, this is the era of Covid-19 lockdown, remember that? Things get better, right? RIGHT?)

Anyway, a little while ago I got a lovely package of books from the ever-fabulous Maverick Children's Books, one of which was this great non-fiction picture book about the life and work of John Logie Baird.

For those of you who, like me, get their inventors mixed up, John Logie Baird was the inventor of the television - and let's face it, right now that is something to be very grateful for! This picture book begins in his childhood, when poor health meant that he was often unable to go out and see his friends. But this became the driver for his inventions, giving him the will to find other ways of communicating.

The story doesn't just talk about how he invented the TV but it explores many of his inventions, including the ones that went wrong. This is something I really love about the book - it shows that sometimes things don't work but that if we keep trying we can find something that does work. It's a great message of resilience, perseverance and creative thinking.

The story part of the book communicates John's achievements in a clear, accessible way and the illustrations are very engaging and help to tell the story really well. There are also little fact boxes scattered through the story for further context, and the introduction and endpages give lots of great factual information too.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it would be great for younger school age children to introduce them to the work of this great inventor. I love the message it gives of keeping trying even when things don't go how you want, and the fact that Logie Baird's inventive nature was born out of isolation is very timely!!

'Mister TV' is due to be published later this Spring so keep a look out for it!

Linking up with 'Read With Me' hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love to Read #KLTR hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog, Acorn Books and BookBairn.

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  1. I really like the sound of this! It's a fascinating topic for a picture book and I think children will find it really interesting to know how TV was invented :o)


  2. This sounds a great book for kids. I can remember as a child myself being really interested in finding out about both inventors and their inventions #readwithme

  3. Oh I love this, a fantastic way of kids learning a bit of history! #readwithme

  4. This sounds very interesting. I think I would probably enjoy reading it myself! My niece and nephew love watching TV and I'm sure they would like this book.
    PS welcome back to blogging!

  5. Oooh what a fab book! I think both of my older children would find it fascinating and me too actually! #KLTR