It's a story in color and about color ... illustrated with tremendous Pop Art verve. [Read an alternate view from my then-five-year-old son.]
Barton clearly and crisply explains how the two young men managed to work together despite the fact that one wanted to be a magician and the other a physician. ... This engaging picture book makes a bright idea stand out even more.
*Starred Review* Barton brings two unknown inventors into the brilliant light they deserve. ... The final pages explode in Day-Glo radiance. Rendered in 1950s-cartoon style ... these two putty-limbed brothers shine even more brightly than the paints and dyes they created.
*Starred Review* Barton takes on the dual persona of popular historian and cool science teacher. ... The story is one of quintessentially American ingenuity, with its beguiling combination of imaginative heroes, formidable obstacles, a dash of serendipity and entrepreneurial zeal.
*Starred Review* The story is written in clear language and includes whimsical cartoons. ... This unique book does an excellent job of describing an innovative process.
Organizing his material well and writing with a sure sense of what will interest children, Barton creates a picture book that celebrates ingenuity and invention.
Reading Is Fundamental
2012-2013 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Multicultural Book Collection
Children's Crown Award
Illinois School Library Media Association
2013 Bluestem Award Masterlist
Association of Indiana School Library Educators
2011-12 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee - Intermediate
New York State Reading Association
2012 Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List - Primary
Oregon Reader's Choice Award
2011-2012 Nominee, Junior Division
Sequoyah Book Award (Oklahoma Library Association)
2011-2012 Children's Masterlist
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards (Pennsylvania School Libraries Association)
2011-2012 Grades 3-6 Masterlist
Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils)
2009 Winner - Picture Book (Non-Fiction)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
2010 Notable Children's Books - Middle Readers
International Reading Association (IRA) and Children's Book Council (CBC)
2010 Children's Choices
New York Public Library
Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing