Ticktock Banneker's Clock

illus. by David C. Gardner. 32p. Sleeping Bear. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781585369560.
K-Gr 2—This cheerfully illustrated volume centers on Benjamin Banneker's invention of a striking clock. The story begins just as Banneker (1731–1806) has finished his farm chores for the day. He decides to take a moment to study a pocket watch lent to him by a friend. Inspired by the tiny, dazzling machine, he imagines a much larger version, one that chimes. Readers watch him over a number of seasons as he works toward completing his invention. The rich illustrations highlight Banneker's spirit and the beauty of his farm. (A faithful hound dog appears on nearly every page.) This book offers a glimpse into the brilliant mind and hard work of an engineer. An author's note provides more information on his life.
VERDICT A concise introduction to Banneker and a welcome addition to any picture book biography collection.

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