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Cleonardo, the Little Inventor
by Mary GrandPre


Overview - Cleonardo's father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?  Read more...

 
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Overview
Cleonardo's father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?
This imaginative story of a father and his daughter brings the magic of creativity to little inventors everywhere.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439357647
  • ISBN-10: 0439357640
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 11.25 x 9 x 0.44 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Business, Careers, Occupations
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science & Technology

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Setting her tale in a rococo medieval world, GrandPré (The Noisy Paint Box) joins her heroine, Cleonardo Wren, to the family tree of Leonardo da Vinci—he’s her beloved grandfather. After Cleo’s inventor father, Geonardo, shoos her out of his workshop, she retreats to the forest to make contraptions out of objects from nature—a whirligig made from dragonfly wings, a sphere of vines lifted by butterflies. Despite Geonardo’s impatience, his daughter’s presence and opinions clearly matter to him. When he comes up with a special invention for the town’s Grand Festival of Inventions, he declares, “My little Wren will love it as much as the judges.” On the big day, her inventions prevent disaster, and father and daughter become true collaborators. GrandPré’s spreads glow with richly embroidered textiles, exotic foliage, and dramatic lighting. The thorough emphasis on the importance of a strong father-daughter (and grandfather-granddaughter) bond is welcome but sometimes drawn with a heavy hand (“Delicate and strong... just like my Cleonardo Wren,” Geonardo gushes as he sets out for the contest). It’s GrandPré’s visual pyrotechnics that will entrance readers. Ages 4–8. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Aug.)

 
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