Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner

I think all readers of my reviews probably know by now that one of my favorite things about reading is learning new, hopefully bizarre or truly odd, facts. Which means that books like this are always right up my alley as they're chock-full of them.

The illustrations were fun and of course, made the reading easy, and distracting enough that those who aren't as fond of learning might not even notice how much they are in fact learning. However, the learning is of limited usefulness, as it's about how items like the toothbrush, the Slinky, and the coffee filter came to be invented (or reinvented in a few cases.) It's organized by room/use and then within each chapter there is a final list of additional related random facts that didn't fit into the narrative (which I often found to be the most interesting part.)

The book is listed in my library as YA, and I suppose the topic and the writing would be great for a teen who might struggle with reading. But there's no reason it can't also be a quick, fun read for an adult. When I was done, my husband swiped it and also read it, which doesn't happen often. It's a thoroughly entertaining read.

I checked this book out of the library.

This book is published by MacMillan, my employer.

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