Mistakes That Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be

Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be | Ages 8-12


Title: Mistakes That Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be
Author: Charlotte Folt Jones
Illustrator: John Obrien
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Age Range: 8-12


Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident?

SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren’t thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings.

About the Author – Charlotte Foltz Jones
Charlotte Jones is a British actress and playwright.
Her first play Airswimming debuted in 1997 at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. Her other plays include In Flame, The Dark, The Lightning Play, and Humble Boy. Charlotte Jones wrote the book to the 2004-2006 West End musical, The Woman in White, in collaboration with the David Zippel and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

My Thoughts:
Mistakes That Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came To Be is such a fun and interesting read.  I sit down with both my boys and we had so much fun reading this book.  It covers food, doctors, piggy banks, silly putty, bricks, paper towels, jeans and so much more!   Not only does it include all these fun facts, but you’ll find a recipe or two on the inside as well.  We had fun making the recipes to go along with what we were reading.

Mistakes That Worked can be found at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.


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