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Why I Picked It Up: I requested this as an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) from Netgalley. I really want to read more books for younger children, not only to review and suggest for you but to find great future reads for my kids!
The Official Summary (from Netgalley)
Ellie the Engineer is back in another charming, hilarious, illustrated story filled with creative, STEM-powered fun!
“Look out, Junie B. Jones! Ellie the engineer is thinking, making, creating, and showing enthusiasm and brilliance with her creations!” –School Library Connection on Ellie, Engineer
After Ellie’s first elevator build goes terribly wrong, her parents decide her “punishment” is to assist an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Curran, around the house. Ellie and her friends Kit and Toby are really only supposed to help with little things, but Ellie can’t turn down the opportunity to use her engineering skills here and there where she sees a need–because that’s what engineers do! It’s no fun, though, when Mrs. Curran always gives Toby the credit for all the ingenious projects, and acts like Kit and Ellie were just helping him. . . . Can Ellie come up with another great build to elevate Mrs. Curran’s ideas about this girl engineer?
With Ellie’s designs and sketches throughout, and her fun guide to simple machines in the back, the continuation of this delightful series will leave young readers laughing and inspired to create.
What did I think about Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level?
I received this book as an advanced review copy (ARC) from Netgalley. I’ve started to request more books for younger readers, which I just adore personally, but love finding great books like this for my daughters!
This book, and the character of Ellie, is adorable. I love the idea of a STEM book that is so endearing. Science was never my own personal strength, and with my husband being an Engineer I hope his influence will help this to be an interest of the girls. I received this book as an ebook but will be buying this series to hold onto for my girls as I believe it has some amazing messages all wrapped up in a fun book.
I enjoyed the dynamic of Ellie and her friends, and how they approached the false assumptions that Mrs Curran made about Ellie and Toby. What a great book to show girls that they can make things, have tools and come up with inventive ideas. Although the pictures in the book were limited, the descriptions were well written where I could pictures the pickles spilling all over, and Mrs Curran walking around in her impractical high heels.
What didn’t I like? Well, of the story itself there really wasn’t anything. I think it’s perfect for the recommended age, and would be a great read along/read aloud book even younger than that. I suppose if I were to say something I think it’s that these are the types of books that you need to have a hard copy of. To be able to appreciate the drawings of Ellie’s inventions.
Gosh, I’m so glad that Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Netgalley approved me to read this book and sent me a copy to read and give my honest review. You’ll have to let me know if you’re interested in seeing more of this level of books for reviews!
Memorable Quote: “It’s never right to make assumptions about somebody,” he said firmly. “Everyone is who they are, and who they are is perfect.”
Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat, a dog from space, and a lot of secondhand furniture. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn’t make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.
Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.
Well, I want to be honest with you and say that I don’t yet have any books to recommend that are similar to this one YET. I’m only starting to explore these books myself and only want to recommend based on my own personal knowledge. Thanks!
Have you read this book already? What did you think? Do you have any other Children’s Chapter Books for this age range to recommend?
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