Chilly da Vinci

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About The Book

While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!

When Chilly's latest invention, the Good Bird crashes into the penguins' home iceberg, it separates a chunk of ice and sends the penguins drifting out to sea. Can Chilly invent a machine to get them home before a hungry orca nibbles the ice away?

The book includes an author’s note about the Leonardo da Vinci and the inventor's early failures.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (December 4, 2018)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735842830
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

Action-packed panels, diagrams of Chilly's inventions (and daydreams), and nods to Leonardo da Vinci make this a goodhearted embrace of trial and error and a celebration of failure as a learning experience. Rutland's energetic illustrations, peppered with side comments from background characters, add plenty of personality. 

– Maggie Reagan, Booklist

A young Renaissance penguin triumphs after much trial and considerable error.

– Kirkus Reviews

A lively addition to makerspace collections that’s sure to inspire and nurture a spirit of invention.

– Barbara Auerbach, School Library Journal

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