Not even a century ago, a computer took up an entire room. Today, a computer can fit inside your pocket! Over decades of technological advancement, the personal computer has shaped the world in ways that are still being determined. This powerful invention has changed everything from the way people communicate to how we entertain ourselves. With a series of fun facts, profiles, and a timeline, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever booted up.
The Wright Brothers famously made the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But the history of human flight goes back much further! This title details the experimentation and innovation that went into the creation of the airplane. Special features highlight important airplanes as well as pioneers who had a lasting influence on the world of air travel. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff! This exciting title is sure to interest anyone with a love of planes.
Read all about it! The history of the printing press started centuries ago. Through the years, it has been used to share news, make books more affordable, and make information more accessible. And it still helps people communicate today! This title explores the history of the printing press, from its first use in the 1300s to uses tomorrow and beyond. Readers will use fun facts, profiles, and a timeline to learn all about how this life-changing invention got its start.
Reports of haunted houses go back to ancient Rome. People who claim to have witnessed hauntings tell of strange sounds, objects that move on their own, and ethereal spirits. Readers will learn about the history of hauntings, why skeptics claim they are not real, and how researchers use technology to try and find proof of these unwanted visitors in our homes!
Does a giant sea monster live beneath the surface of Loch Ness in Scotland? Reachers have used cameras, sonar, and other technology in hopes of finding this legendary creature. This title explores the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, the tools and technology used to search for it, and examines the evidence gathered to date, letting the reader make their own conclusion about the existence of this beast beneath the water.
Costumes and props fill the sets of films! From tiny, frozen blueberries in The Hunger Games to a 108-pound gown in the 1938 film Marie Antoinette, they take on many shapes and sizes. Today, some are even created through 3D printing! This title weaves through the costumes and props of our favorite films while captivating readers with relevant photos and riveting film facts.
Creaking doors, gusts of wind, eerie sounds--could these be the signs of ghosts? Ghost hunters have tried for years to prove the existence of ghosts through photos, videos, and sound recordings. This book investigates reports of ghosts, illuminates the tools and technology used to search for ghosts, and leaves the reader wondering whether or not there are spirits among us!
Most sightings of unidentified flying objects can be explained--but not all of them. Those that cannot be are the focus of investigation by UFO researchers. They use video cameras, binoculars, radar, and other technology together with eyewitness accounts to try and identify strange objects in the sky. Students who read this title will find themselves later wondering: what is that strange object in the sky?
The action of the big screen--car crashes, torrential rainfall, ships sinking--is the work of special effects! Directors and crews use anything they can to create a real and captivating experience. Enormous models, airplane engines, controlled fires, and much more create the excitement we all crave! Young readers will marvel over this behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made.
Is it a space adventure or slit scan? The camera technique slit scan has been used to create the illusion of flying through space in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Young readers will read about the camera tricks and special equipment used to create the jaw-dropping effects of motion pictures in Camera Tricks.
Reports of Bigfoot go back to the early 1800s. Since then, several footprints, films, and pictures have been used as evidence that Sasquatch roams the Pacific Northwest. This title examines the history of Bigfoot reports, the tools and technology used by researchers, and considers whether or not Bigfoot exists.
Tom Cruise performed his own stunts for the film Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol, which included dangling 1,700 feet from the world’s tallest building! Students will explore the extreme amount of planning, equipment, training, and expertise that goes into the stunts performed in films as they dive into this action-packed title.
During the filming of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter’s scar was painted on 5,800 times! About 2,000 of those were painted on Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter. This title explores the makeup, tools, and effects used to create everything from the scariest of monsters to the most elegant ladies.
Netflix has played a role in making binge-watching a thing. Seventy percent of its users watch television series episode after episode after episode in one sitting! This children’s book rewinds Netflix back to its beginning, when the focus was mailing DVDs, and then expands upon the company’s growth over a decade.
Did you know that General Mills had to invent a special puffing gun to make Kix, Cheerios, and other breakfast cereals? This title feeds young readers background information about the Minnesota-based company that created Betty Crocker and a hunger for grocery store goodies.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, started the internet company out of his garage in 1994. The company began as an online bookstore selling around one million titles. Since then, Amazon has grown into one of the largest online retailers in the world! This title for young readers highlights the history and innovations of this popular brand.
The Tesla Model S sets the benchmark for the future of cars! Not only does it run 100% on an electronic battery, but it has a system of sensitive cameras and sensors that allow it to safely drive itself. This title covers the ins and outs of one of today’s groundbreaking machines, the Tesla Model S.
More than 100 years after Maserati made its debut, the GranTurismo stuns drivers with its flashy looks and speed. From the trident that decorates the grille to the aerodynamic side skirts, this car was built to impress. Readers will eagerly jump into the driver’s seat and cruise through this Car Crazy title.
Since its debut in the 1960s, the Porsche 911 Carrera has been a shining star of the sports car world! Over the years, this popular vehicle has gone through many upgrades to keep it on top. A body made from recycled materials is just one of the features that set this car apart. Young readers will marvel over the legendary 911 Carrera in this read about the legendary sports car.
The Bugatti Chiron is one of the fastest street-legal cars around! Drivers need a special key to push this car to its top speed of over 250 miles per hour. Young readers will speed through exhilarating facts and sleek photos in this title about the Bugatti Chiron.
Roll across the terrain with the most feared tank on the planet. The Abrams tank is the armored backbone of United States ground forces. Readers will learn about the technology and crew that make the M1 Abrams a perfect blend of power and speed.
The F-14 Tomcat was the pride of the United States Navy for over thirty years. Students will discover the technology behind this jet fighter that made it such an effective weapon.
This super power technology company was built on a mission to create a place where engineers could freely work and achieve their potential. When post-war Japan entered a reconstruction period, Sony founder, Masaru Ibuka, sought to contribute to the new era, first making radios and other communication devices. Today, Sony produces high-tech televisions, cameras, gaming systems, and more. Find out more about Sony's fascinating history and successes in this title for active minds.
After years off the production line, the Dodge Charger R/T reappeared in 2005, in a much different form. The coupe of the 1960s became the sedan of today. In this book, young car enthusiasts can compare the past and present looks of the Charger R/T.
Being stranded on a desert island is a classic survival situation of countless books, movies, and cartoons. But would you know where to find water or how make fire if it happened to you? Young readers can learn these skills and more in this high-interest title of ultimate survival.