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Cleonardo, The Little Inventor

Written & Illustrated by Mary GrandPré


Cleonardo's father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?

This imaginative story of a father and his daughter brings the magic of creativity to little inventors everywhere.


Reviews and Awards

"Every image in Caldecott Honor winner GrandPré's newest offering glows with wonder and beauty... Rooted in intelligence and love, GrandPré's story will enthrall, empower, and encourage creation." - Booklist, starred review

"GrandPré creates a spirited heroine with both her words and her illustrations... The story will inspire young readers to embrace their creativity, no matter their preferred medium... An inspiring tale for inventors of all ages." - Kirkus Reviews

"GrandPré's spreads glow with richly embroidered textiles, exotic foliage, and dramatic lighting... It's GrandPré's visual pyrotechnics that will entrance readers." - Publishers Weekly

"Enchanting... The message that children, and, more specifically, girls, are able to build, create, and contribute to society is strong and encouraging, and the heartwarming ending is satisfying, with its gentle reminder that more can be accomplished when people choose to work together. This lovely offering has a vintage feel and a timeless message that would work equally well in a STEM class as it would at storytime." - School Library Journal


Purchase Options
Indiebound Scholastic • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Summer 2016
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-439-35764-7
Price: $18.99
Trim Size: 9" x 11 1/4"
Page Count: 48


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