Baffling & Bizarre Inventions
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Baffling & Bizarre Inventions

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A talking watch. An overcoat for two. A pair of pants for poodles. In his companion to Weird & Wacky Inventions, Jim Murphy shows kids some additional baffling and utterly silly inventions in the form of a guessing game that is both challenging and fun. What is a finger-supporting device used for? Can you really buy that talking watch? What on earth is a beard grinder?...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Sky Pony Press
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So much fun! The library I got this from had it set as part of the adult collection, but I gave this to my Teen Librarian to pull some examples and use in our science programs. We're going to talk about how inventions sometimes seem like a good idea but end up being impractical. Then we're going to discuss how some of these same inventions could actually produce other, more useful inventions. Then the kids will invent something of their own!
Show kids 2-3 inventions, do Quiz.

Baffling, page 17 (Overcoat)

Baffling, page 55 (Arcade Game with a Human Target)

Weird, pg 15 (Hair Machine)
Abraham Ray
good read about inventions!
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an American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce...more
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