Odd Inventions

Cover: Odd Inventions



Take a look at the world's weirdest inventions--from the Goofybike to fart filters. These stories are too strange to be made up! Written with a high interest level to appeal to a more mature audience and a lower level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. Considerate text includes tons of fascinating information and wild facts that will hold the readers' interest, allowing for successful mastery and comprehension. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance comprehension.


  • Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Dewey: 609
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781634728911): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2018
  • Paperback (9781534100695): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2018
  • PDF (9781634729802): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781534101586): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2018
  • Subject: Language Arts
  • Series: Stranger Than Fiction


  • Lexile® Measure: 460
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 192666
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 2.9
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Pet Rocks
  • Blizzard Cones
  • Goofybike
  • Doggles
  • Self Kicking Machine
  • Billy Bob Teeth
  • Toilet Briefcases
  • Dimple Makers
  • Gerbil Shirts
  • Fart Filters
  • Consider This!
  • Glossary
  • Index


School Library Journal - Stranger Than Fiction Series

Gr 4-6–Quirky topics and large color photos add to the appeal of this hi-lo set, which has disclaimers warning readers not to try any of the featured dangerous ideas at home. Throughout the volumes, the content is eclectic, with examples of the weird and strange from around the world, most either contemporary or within the recent past, except for Odd Inventions and Strange Medicine, which include tales from ancient history. There is plenty of gross-out material, including bodily functions and excrement, mutant animals, and foolish stunts. Vocabulary is simple and most new words are defined in the text. VERDICT Food, Sports, Medicine, and Inventions are good ­purchases; the other titles are supplementary.



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