Izzy Gizmo

Izzy Gizmo

By Author / Illustrator

Pip Jones, Sara Ogilvie



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Simon & Schuster Ltd




Paperback / softback




Meet Izzy Gizmo - a fabulously feisty new character from Pip Jones (Squishy McFluff; Daddy's Sandwich) brought brilliantly to life with exuberant and detailed illustrations from the best-selling illustrator of TheDetective Dog, Sara Ogilvie.

Izzy Gizmo, a girl who LOVED to invent,
carried her tool bag wherever she went
in case she discovered a thing to be mended,
or a gadget to tweak to make to make it more splendid.

Izabelle Gizmo just loves to invent, but her inventions never seem to work the way she wants them to. And that makes her really CROSS! When she finds a crow with a broken wing she just has to help. But will she be able to put her frustrations to one side and help her new friend to fly again?

Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Prize 2017, this empowering book is perfect for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

'If you're looking for a new book with a determined, strong female role model then this is for you' Being a Mummy blog
'This was such a fun book. We need more books with girl inventors!' Twirling Book Princess blog
'This exuberantly riotous story... blends the fun of rhyme with the touching friendship between a charismatic crow and a never-say-die young inventor'Lancashire Evening Post
'A lovely story of ingenuity and determination' Parents in Touch
'I doubt many will fail to fall for Izzy and her mechanical mind. Pip Jones' rhyming narrative is a cracker to read aloud and Sara Ogilvie's imagination must be almost as fertile as young Izzy's... A real riot.' Red Reading Hub blog
'Jones's loping, engaging rhymes and Ogilvie's vivacious images evoke both inspiration and frustration' The Guardian



Izabelle Gizmo is a whizz at inventing things, carrying her tool bag wherever she goes, Izzy is ready to mend and make everything more splendid. The trouble is, Izzyis inventions never seemed to work out the way she hopes and this makes her really cross! When Izzy finds a crow with a broken wing she knows she has to try and make him feel better. With the support of her Grandpa, Izzy turns to her 'gadgety thing' and puts her resourcefulness and patience to the test to try again. A fantastic story to talk about some of those key values we hope to instill in young children; the importance of resilience, if you don't succeed at first try and try again. I like this as an assembly story to talk about Izzy's inspiring character. There are lots of engaging rhymes to explore with the children is this book and vibrant pictures, beautifully depicting the many different emotions Izzy goes through on her mission to succeed. This is a good book to use to talk about character's feelings, the children could write thought bubbles for Izzy and role play 'Thought Tunnel'. I read this book to year 1, who have all now decided they want to be inventors! Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Nikki Stiles, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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