Think you know vehicles? Think again!
Unconventional Vehicles is a nonfiction collection of 45 of the strangest, most unconventional vehicles that have ever existed.
Vehicles include an underwater battery-powered scooter, a carriage pulled by ostriches, a hot air balloon shaped like the Cathedral of Saint Gall, and five different jet packs.
• Filled with history, science, technology, engineering, and interesting bits of trivia, all in one kid-appealing package
• Part of the Uncommon Compendiums series
• Vehicles range from submersibles to dirigibles.
Unconventional Vehicles explores very strange modes of transportation for vehicle fans, rocket inventors, budding space-and-aeronautics experts, and anyone who's ever thought, "Why can't I ride a motorized suitcase through the airport?"
Brimming with fascinating facts and diagrams presented with wit and humor, this book is sure to enthrall vehicle enthusiasts of every age.
• Ideal for children ages 8 to 12 years old, especially those interested in vehicles and engineering
• Author Michael Hearst brings his signature verve and humor to this fascinating read.
• Young readers will devour all the substantive and silly content in this book, proving definitively that nonfiction is anything but dry.
• Resonates year-round as a go-to gift for birthdays, holidays, and more
• A great pick for teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers
• Add it to the shelf with books like Cars, Trains, Ships, and Planes: A Visual Encyclopedia of Every Vehicle by DK; Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections by Stephen Biesty; and Cool Cars by Quentin Willson,
About the Author
Michael Hearst is the author of the Uncommon Compendiums series, which includes Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, and Curious Constructions. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Hans Jenssen is a Dutch-Norwegian illustrator who has drawn cutaways and cross-sections of vehicle interiors for the Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections series for over 20 years. He lives and works in the United Kingdom.
“Vehicle enthusiasts are treated to a fast and funny examination of wild inventions in our transportation history. . . This silly encyclopedia. . . has just enough to tap into curious minds. Hand this to future engineers.”—School Library Journal
“The illustrations are expansive with a limited color palette of warm oranges and cool greens and blues. The animal characters are dynamic, humorous, and emotive. . . . A sentimental but high-interest story based on true events of the bond between wild animals and the humans who care for them, suitable for early elementary students.”—School Library Journal
"This fun and informative entry in the Uncommon Compendiums series will appeal to lovers of vehicles of all kinds. Hearst provides hilarious asides as he presents facts about 45 quirky and unusual vehicles, which he defines as 'just about anything that moves (and typically carries something else) . . . including animals!' Each entry's history, manufacturer, and year of production is accompanied by colored line drawings, diagrams and cross sections, and related factoids. . . . Kids will enjoy learning about these fascinating and outlandish vehicles."-Booklist
"From Airboard to Zamboni, a lighthearted look at some of the wilder ways to get things or people from here to there. . . . It will have young readers wondering why they should settle for a mundane bicycle or (later) car when options like a jet train, the multirider beer bike, or the steam-powered Liberty One rocket exist. . . not to mention no fewer than five different personal jet packs."-Kirkus Reviews