A Dangerous Engine
A Dangerous Engine
Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374306694, 256pp.
Publication Date: December 27, 2005
signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles - "a dangerous Engine," according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science. Handsome pen-and-ink drawings highlight moments in this revolutionary thinker's life. From the author and illustrator of "The Longitude Prize," a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and winner of the "Boston"" Globe-Horn ""Book "Award, comes another story of adventure and invention, of one man's curiosity and the extraordinary rewards of his discoveries, just in time to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth (January 17, 1706).
"Readers will come away with a profound understanding of this great man's mind, heart, achievements, and. . . sense of fun." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Joan Dash has a flair for history and technology that serves her well in telling the Franklin story." --The New York Times Book Review "Superb." --San Francisco Chronicle "Well written." -- VOYA "Dash delves into considerable detail. . . but her smooth storytelling and Petricic's sassy full-page black-and-white illustrations draw readers steadily along."-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Franklin's long, productive, and interesting life is vividly recounted in a lively manner." --School Library Journal "Through smart, selective use of Franklin's correspondence, Dash keeps readers close to the thoughts and personalities of the book's historical figures. Petricic's black-and-white illustrations are a fine complement to the text." --The Horn Book "Petricic's droll artwork interprets events with a wit that America's first political cartoonist surely would have appreciated." --Booklist
"A fascinating and illuminating book. It charts the journey of one of our nation's founders . . . with creativity, energy, and astonishing detail." --Signal