Introducing inventions from start to finish, this series educates while it entertains. Teaching about how an invention comes to he and how it influences history and society, these titles help young readers learn about the impact of science and technology on the world through items they are interested in. Colorful pictures, detailed tables of contents, and glossaries of words indicated in boldface throughout the text all entice beginning readers, while a listing of resources for further information encourages the older reader to explore further. ‘Did You Know?’ boxes share interesting tidbits of information. While some of the words might be difficult for younger readers, reading with an adult would he helpful. The multicolored pages will help keep children’s attention. Lacking in these works, however, are pictures of children, which would lend a more personal interest to the materials presented. Classroom teachers will appreciate the lessons in these hooks, while parents and librarians can read these books with children introducing the world of nonfiction in an entertaining light. Index. Recommended.
Library Media Connection March/April 2011
This book explains how YouTube was started by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. Side notes detail facts about YouTube viewers and some breakout artists. A basic explanation of how the site works is given. Challenges such as copyright and censorship issues are discussed. The author says that since YouTube is global, it is challenging how young people receive news and entertainment. Though the book is already dated due to dates and percentages, the text serves as a good background. What direction will this technology take in the future? The reader is invited to, "...sit back and enjoy the show that YouTube started."
Garland Independent School District, June 2011
Wilson's Core Collection, 2009
This entry in the Great Idea series offers a fresh topic and handles it extremely well. Kids are no strangers to YouTube, but they may not know much about how it works or how it came to be. Woog's account is interesting and informative and written in simple yet uncondescending prose that's spot on for the intended audience. The book begins with a brief history of video sharing on the Web and then goes on to discuss the three young men who came up with the idea for YouTube after working together at PayPal, and what getting the startup off the ground entailed. Details of how the site works (and makes money) are explained, as are questions of copyright and censorship. The up-to-date text (at least for now) discusses a number of recent ways YouTube has changed society, including its effect on the 2008 election. The attractive design features full-color photographs, while fast facts appear throughout the narrative in eye-catching sidebars. A glossary and a short (yet pertinent) list of sources rounds out the appealing treatment.
Starred Review, Booklist October 15, 2008
A very timeley series. Information is written for the intended audience in a language they will relate well to. Facts about how things were before YouTube, how it got started, and how it is a thriving business today are discussed. Important people in the industry are mentioned and acknowledged. A brief description of how it works explains the functions quite well. Copyright problems are addressed to educate the reader. Interestingly, the last presidential election used it to the fullest and this is also mentioned in the text. This is definitely a book for today's youth. Highly Recommended.