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Coppernickel, The Invention by Wouter van Reek

Published by Enchanted Lion Books



Publishers Summary: In The Invention, Coppernickel discovers a blank page at the end of his favorite book — a great, big book about every invention ever made, and he takes this as an invitation to create his own. At first he wants to invent something that is simple and very useful, but as he begins to create a machine for picking high-hanging elderberries (his all time favorite food), his enthusiasm gets the better of him and his ever-more-complex machine gets out of hand. This
is no surprise given that whenever Coppernickel has something on his mind he goes to great lengths to accomplish his ideas, until he reaches the greatest possible lengths, after which he goes on to even greater lengths! Fortunately, the level-headed Tungsten is there to save the day—in more ways than one!

Coppernickle, The Invention is a delightful story all about a dog, Tungsten, who really wants to get outside to play, but has an overachiever for an owner, Coppernickle. He decides that after he finds two blank pages in a book of inventions that it’s his quest to create the next invention to fill the pages. With the help of his faithful dog he’s finally able to accomplish his goal and Tungsten is able to enjoy what he wanted to do from the start, play outside.

“When I initially saw this book my interest was primarily because of the illustrations (take a quick look below at the small details in just one page). They are different than any others I have ever seen, so unique and mathematical. Immediately I thought this book would be perfect for The Turkeybird at some point, he’s such a technical-thinker constantly figuring things out. After my reading of the book, I still agree with that, but now I know it’s also perfect for Littlebug. She already loves to look at the pictures in the book, but mostly just Tungsten, she’s definitely a animal person.

Besides being absolutely beautiful to look at this book has an incredible and very funny story. As an adult who loves reading children’s literature this has quickly become one of my favorites. The relationship that Coppernickle and Tungsten have is just perfect. Coppernickle is pretty absorbed in his work and his faithful dog Tungsten would just love to go play. And though Tungsten has his own desires, he is still the ever faithful (sometimes snarky) and creative match for his energetic owner. Just take a look at this image below for example:

“This is a fabulous book with beautiful illustrations and a wonderful story that I’m happy to have in our home. You will absolutely fall in love with the dynamic relationship of Coppernickle and Tungsten! Although my Turkeybird is still a little too young to appreciate the entire story at this point I know in the very near future this will become one of his favorites. If you have a tender-hearted little one with an affinity for doggies or a technical wizard brewing before you you will definitely want this book in your home.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 & up. A wonderful book that will bring out the creativity in all who read it.

For the Comments: If you could invent one thing, what would it be?

This book and interior art was provided by the publisher, Enchanted Lion Books, for review. Thank you!
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This post is in honor of Winston. My good friend Gina from Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers has an affinity for doggies and sadly her sweet Winston passed away yesterday morning (06/03/10). My heart goes out to her and her family as they grieve for their faithful Winston.

18 Responses to Book Review: Coppernickel, The Invention by Wouter van Reek

  1. Book Chook says:

    I love it! Not sure if it will be available here but I will definitely be looking for it. I’m with Turkeybird, that intricate art captures me immediately. I bet he would like this idea: take a marble on a journey. My kids would come up with some amazing Goldbergesque contraptions with this task. It can be simple or ever more complicated. He might glue card ledges onto thicker card and roll the marble that way, or use the hamster wheel and Mom’s wooden spoons to invent something. Whatever, I bet he has fun and learns heaps!
    .-= Book Chook´s last blog ..Quickly Write at Write Comics =-.

    • Thanks, I really hope they have it where you are! I LOVE your marble idea! We were just were in a local toy store here that had one of those marble machines and he was fascinated. I hadn’t even though it would be possible to do it here at home, but with your description, it’s a definitely a possibility that he would love! Thank you!

  2. What fun art!
    .-= Juju at Tales of´s last blog ..News Flash: My Unfair Godmother Cover Revealed =-.

  3. Gina says:

    Wonderful review, sounds like a charming book indeed. Thank you so much for the heart felt thoughts Danielle…it really means a lot. {{hugs}} Taking it one day at a time… ^_^
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..R.I.P. – Winston =-.

  4. NotNessie says:

    Great review… this looks like a really cute book.

    If I could invent one thing, it would be a robot maid sort of like the one they used to have on the Jetsons.
    .-= NotNessie´s last blog ..Review: The House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast =-.

  5. Great review! This book looks very, very charming – I just love the illustrations! Can’t wait to read it!
    .-= Mary Elizabeth´s last blog ..Book Review #8 – A New Coat for Anna =-.

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  7. Oh I love the look of this book – my daughter loves inventing things – and my husband’s name is Wouter – so it really must be the book for us! I’m adding it to my wish list straight away!

    • You will definitely enjoy it! From what I know of your reading, it’s definitely a book I would highly recommend to you. And how convenient that it’s also got your husband’s name in it too! 🙂

  8. Z-Dad says:

    Woo — looks great! I’ll be hunting this down!

  9. Erin says:

    This book looks AWESOME! I am in love with the illustrations. I will have to pick it up soon.

  10. Wouter says:

    The animated version of Coppernickel is here:

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