Gr 2-4-This book combines complex language with intricate collages composed of archival images to draw young readers into a fantastical mechanical world. Those who are not defeated by the deliberately challenging vocabulary will be fascinated by the magical tone they set. The collages that make up the illustrations are composed of archival images featuring fantastic industrial era machines. The author's wild flights of fancy conjure up a giant shoe-tying machine, a device that helps you recite passages from memory, a muscle-pumping apparatus, a cloud-making machine, and a piece of equipment responsible for creating nightmares. This truly unique offering will captivate the mechanically minded, and it will puzzle others. Suitable for classroom use. M.O.B.