History Is Inventive by Brooke Knight ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Nonfiction
Published:  10 Aug 2021 by Honest History
Page count: 80 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Great
Pacing: N/A
Ending: N/A  
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy History Is Inventive

My rating: ★★★☆

Discover the true stories behind amazing creations, from the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient analogue computer, to the Baghdad Battery. Learn about each invention through well-researched content accompanied by beautiful illustrations and design. Not only will kids learn about these amazing inventions, they will participate in the original creative process themselves, like building a telescope using the same rudimentary methods used by the inventors. From ancient to modern inventions, kids will learn about the revolutionary ideas and processes used to create the foundation for our modern lives.

My Thoughts
Here are my pros and cons for History Is Inventive:


  1. This book is full of great information about inventions that have changed or influenced the world in some way, including batteries, telescopes, gunpowder, cosmetics, pianos, light bulbs, microwaves, computers, wireless technology and more! Each invention is discussed in detail with great illustrations to help understand the information.
  2. There are mini-biographies of some inventors you’ve probably never heard of included in the book.
  3. There is extra (and fun!) information in the back of the book, including directions on how to build a homemade telescope.


  1. There were references in the book to the “Sassanian period” and the “Parthian period” when referencing the possible age of the Bagdad Battery. I’m guessing most readers, including myself, have no idea what time period that actually references. I think including the actual years of those periods would have been more relatable information to young readers.

This book is incredibly detailed. There is a lot of technical information and history provided for each invention discussed. This level of detail may be daunting for younger readers, but I think kids who are particularly interested in inventions and technology will love it.

Thank you NetGalley and Honest History for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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