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Hedy and her Amazing Invention Jan Wahl, illustrated by Morgana Wallace

Hedy and her Amazing Invention
Jan Wahl, illustrated by Morgana Wallace


Hardback (Picture book) | Mar 2019 | Penny Candy Books | 9780998799995 | 64pp | 216x166mm | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99

Ages 6 to 12

The latest by prolific children's book author Jan Wahl, Hedy and her Amazing Invention teaches kids about the pioneering scientific work and inspiring courage of Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress who fought against old-fashioned parents, a domineering husband, prejudice, and stereotypes to become an accomplished inventor whose work helped pave the way for many of the communications technologies we enjoy today. Morgana W. Wallace's epic collages elevate Hedy to myth-like status.

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'A luminous tribute to a remarkable woman who carved out an independent and creative life of her own design.' — Foreword Reviews, starred review

'The main narrative offers an engaging introduction to Lamarr, and, in an appended note, Wahl shares his recollections of meeting her on three occasions. A Canadian artist, Wallace contributes richly colored illustrations created with layers of cut paper, pen and ink, and watercolors. Notable for portraying their subject with consistency, clarity, and beauty, these distinctive collages enhance the book's appeal to a broad audience.' — Booklist, starred review

'Morgana Wallace's charming collage illustrations convey the intelligence and charisma of this newly appreciated pathbreaker.' — Washington Post

'This is a clear and interesting portrait, and Hedy is portrayed as a strong, intelligent woman full of talent and innovation and is sure to provide young readers with inspiration and encouragement to investigate new ideas of their own.' — Kirkus Reviews

'Wahl's short biography presents a fairly well-rounded look at Hedy Lamarr. Her seemingly incongruous twin image as glamorous actress and passionate inventor will be intriguing and encouraging to many young readers. Wallace's primarily paper collage artwork is beautiful and adds to the glamour of her biographical subject. The picture book's smaller than normal trim size will appeal to the reader who may think they've outgrown picture books. Libraries can easily add this title to their collections knowing it can be used for many different types of readers.' — School Library Connection