Booklist Review
Through 50 concise, highly visual chapters, the volumes in the 50 Things You Should Know About series offer a distinct narrative on a variety of topics, each organized thematically. Inventions is neatly broken down by topic: transportation and exploration objects (early wheels, space travel); household items (lightbulbs, dishwashers); communication devices (telegrams, the Internet); tools (steam engines, robots); medicine (MRI machines, pacemakers); and entertainment (Barbies, MP3 players). The layout, photo-illustrated and containing diagrams and eye-catching text boxes, is bright and dynamic, and each volume is complete with an ending glossary, while Inventions also contains a Who's Who of notable figures. Fact-packed and visual, these overviews provide plenty of intriguing factoids for would-be researchers to pursue.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2016 Booklist