Picture Book Review: The Inventor in the Pink Pajamas

The Inventor in the Pink Pajamas by David Pridham

The Inventor in the Pink Pajamas (If Not You, Then Who? #1)
by David PridhamEmberli Pridham (Goodreads Author)
4 out of 5 stars

Brooke is ready for a big day at school. She has a huge presentation to make about one of her favorite inventors, and she spends the whole day learning about how ordinary things were invented. She even tries out inventing something herself while baking cookies in the kitchen. This book encourages the reader to be curious and explore and invent something amazing!

The story is fun and interesting, but very word-heavy with small print. Fifty pages makes for a long picture book. It almost reads more like a children’s chapter book, but there aren’t any chapters.

Every other page has a separate box for information about inventors and the history of ordinary objects. So one page follows Brooke’s story, and the opposite page has facts and statistics and dates about how toasters were invented, or alarm clocks, street lights, athletic shoes, seatbelts, and a dozen other things. The information is nicely organized, and I liked how it blends together with Brooke’s story.

The illustrations are cute, and I liked the simple art style. The characters are charming, and I loved the design elements across each page that presents the facts and information as if they were written on notepaper, or in a book, or on a clipboard. It’s a clever design!

I’m not sure how the pink pajamas factor into the story. The illustration shows that Brooke has on pink pajamas when she jumps out of bed in the morning, but it is never mentioned in the story. For most of the book, she has on a regular T-shirt and jeans. Maybe I’m missing some inspirational point.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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