|Cleonardo, the little inventor|
Author: GrandPre, Mary
With the town's annual Grand Festival of Inventions coming up, Cleonardo is determined to invent something impressive to enter, something that will impress her inventor father Geonardo.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 187245
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/16)
School Library Journal (08/01/16)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 K-Gr 4—Geonardo the inventor loves his little daughter, Cleonardo Wren, very much. He is used to working with her by his side as he crafts fascinating new pieces. This year, for the town's annual Grand Festival of Inventions, Cleo is determined to help her dad achieve greatness, but everything she suggests he gently dismisses. Dismayed, Cleo heads off to create her own invention to impress her dad. With the help of her grandfather, Leonardo, also an inventor, she produces an item that she is proud of, but will others see its value as much as she does—even her dad? Set in an old town nestled at the foot of a mountain with mystical woods that look fit for fairies, this picture book for kids of all ages is enchanting. The illustrations are painted in deep jewel tones with shadowing that lures one in. The length of the text makes the title ideal as a read-aloud or a read-alone for older kids. The message that children, and, more specifically, girls, are able to build, create, and contribute to society is strong and encouraging, and the heartwarming ending is satisfying, with its gentle reminder that more can be accomplished when people choose to work together. VERDICT This lovely offering has a vintage feel and a timeless message that would work equally well in a STEM class as it would at storytime.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.