babyhippoface'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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Nov 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-picture-books, kids-non-fiction, biographical-ish, science-related
Read in November, 2009

So, it turns out that the story of how Bob and Joe Switzer came to create fluorescent paints is more interesting than one would imagine. Magic, a car full of ketchup bottles, and a glowing angel food cake all played a part. The process they went through was interesting, but the part I most enjoyed was the list of ways their paints were used, from golf balls, movie posters, goalposts and hula hoops to panels, buoys, vests, and other items that helped the Allies win World War II.

The illustrations have a terrific 60's cartoon vintage look to them, and with those Day-Glo colors everywhere, there's no way this book will be ignored on library shelves.

Then we have the Author's Note, which is almost as interesting as the book itself. The literary world and historians alike (not to mention anyone who ever had a black-light poster hanging in his room in the 70's) should be grateful to Chris Barton for all the research he did to uncover the Switzers' story. Truly fascinating.


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