Parents' Guide to

The Day-Glo Brothers

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Eye-popping biography of inventive brothers.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Positive message & colorful illustrations, but didn't hold attention of my children

I got this book from the library by recommendation from this website. I'd give it 3-4 stars. My 10 year old really liked this book and found it interesting. My 8 year old, however, thought it was "just fine." She didn't love it; not sure that she was interested enough to even read all of the words. I did read all of the words but I understand her opinion. I liked how the story tells of the brothers having to try and try again to achieve their goal. A quote from the book by one of the brothers: "If just one experiment out of a thousand succeeds, then you're ahead of the game." That is, indeed, a positive message that our children could benefit from learning. I also really liked the simple yet colorful pictures.

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First-time author Chris Barton blends well-informed biography, history, and science into a delightful story that will delight curious kids, young artists, and budding scientists. Kids will appreciate getting to know the inventors as young boys and giggle at the lighthearted moments -- like the vaguely fluorescent cake their mom accidentally made. Kids who are thirsty for more will appreciate the notes on how fluorescence works. And the author’s note, about how he explored the Switzers’ story, is almost as engaging as the book itself.

Tony Persiani’s illustrations, evoking the ‘50s and ‘60s, open the book in shades of gray and erupt in a riot of glowing color as the Switzers’ creation catches on.

Funky, mid-century-style cartoon illustrations depict a mostly black-and-white world until the Switzers begin to play with fluorescent colors.

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