Title: Izzy Gizmo
Author: Pip Jones
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2017)
“Izzy Gizmo, a girl who LOVED to invent, carried her tool bag wherever she went in case she discovered a thing to be mended or a gadget to tweak to make it more splendid.” Her inventions, ‘Tea-Mendous’, ‘Swirly-Spagsonic’, ‘Beard-tastic’, didn’t always work as expected causing Izzy to get cross and quit. But her Grandpa gave her words of advice – “You can’t give up just ‘cos that thingy-bob buckled. Now trust me, young lady. Sometimes you need to try again and again if you want to succeed.” Izzy wandered outside, thinking about the advice when she came across an injured crow. “His wings are too broken to fix,” said the vet who encourages her to care for the crow.
Izzy wanted to help the crow feel better, and she remembers Grandpa’s advice of not giving up and declared, “I’ll invent some NEW WINGS!” She researched and gathered and bent, based and walloped until… Ta-Da! She fastened the wings to the crow, but they were too heavy. Izzy’s frustration and anger grew until Grandpa told her to try again. Her next efforts didn’t work, and she yelled, “I’ve had it!”. The crow blocks her way as she throws the invention in the bin. She continues to twirl and tinker with the crows help and together they create working wings.