Carolynne's Reviews > The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris  Barton
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Mar 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, non-fiction, picture-books
Read in February, 2010

Such a unique book, telling a story that has not been told before to children. Bob wanted to be a doctor, and Joe wanted to be a magician. How they never reached their goals, but used their talents in an entirely new and satisfying way makes a compelling tale. The Illustrations are reminiscent of 1950's commercial art and are colored with Day-glo colors, just as they should be. What an inspirational book, too: not just a rags-to-riches story, which it is, but one which should inspire enterprising youngsters who just like to fool around making things out of bits and scraps. I can imagine that this book would have many applications in an elementary classroom. Surprisingly, the Lexile level is 990,just the same as _Mortal Engines_ by Philip Reeve, so it will apparently challenge younger children. But it reads like a gripping story. Here's a teaser: "Patricia let Bob "borrow" her shiny satin wedding dress, and that was the last time she saw it in one piece." (p. 26) Not too difficult to read, right?
Friends who like fantasy or books like _Anne of Green Gables_ and _Betsy-Tacy and Tib_ will probably look at the title and not be drawn to read further. But it is way more interesting than you would expect! Give it a try.

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