Apps: From Concept to Consumer

9780531205396. ea vol: 64p. (Calling All Innovators: A Career for You). chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Children's Pr. 2015. lib. ed. $30. pap. $8.95.
Gr 6–10—This series covers fields that require innovation, providing a clear overview of the history and modern-day activities associated with each subject. The magazinelike design is sophisticated, with many graphics and time lines to engage visual learners. One downside is that the set presents a ton of information on history and background before finally moving on to current research and developments, which might slow down some readers. However, there is some rich, well-researched material (for instance, Deep-Sea Exploration discusses early sea explorers, from the Vikings to Charles Darwin, that might prove useful). The title of the series is a bit misleading, as the books do not explain what innovators do or offer readers guidelines about how to succeed in this realm themselves.
VERDICT Despite a few flaws, these titles are recommended for their in-depth descriptions of the histories of different careers.

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