Title: Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge
Author: Monica Kulling
Major Themes: Electricity, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison
Synopsis: When two brilliant inventors disagree about which type of electricity is best, how will the problem be resolved?
I love picture books that give new insights into history! Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge is one of those. Monica Kulling and Bill Slavin have put together a delightful story of the early days of electricity.
Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia. He was fascinated with science from his early days. As a young man, he emigrated to America, where he went to visit Thomas Edison. After solving a problem for Edison immediately, the inventor hired him on the spot. However, the two men disagreed on what form of electricity was the best, and they soon parted ways.
As your children read this lovely book, illustrated with pen drawings and digitally colored, you will enjoy the glimpses into an earlier time, as well as an introduction to electricity and how it works. It would be a great supplement to a science curriculum which introduces electricity to young children. My 4- and 6-year-olds thought it was quite good, and the 14-year-old, who is fascinated with all things electrical, asked if there were more books like this.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Listening Level—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9