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The Day-Glo Brothers

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by Chris Barton (Author), Tony Persiani (Illustrator)

A Science Book about Color!

I am always fascinated about how things were invented or discovered. The Day Glo Brothers is a colorful picture book story about how the Glow Colors were invented.

Joe and Bob Switzer were very different personalities. Joe wanted to be in show biz! He loved magic and was problem solving his way around magic tricks.  Bob was studious, believed in planning and most of all wanted to be a doctor. However, an accident left Bob recovering in their underground darkened basement. Joe too was spending time in the dark experimenting with a new kind of color for one of his tricks. Together they wound up making a brand new exciting color, one that glowed in the dark!

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This new discovery / invention took them on a very different path. Together they worked hard always discovering new ways to make use of their new paint. People were excited about using them for posters, sign posts and detergent boxes. But when the World War II was upon them, they discovered a new and very important use for the paint. Their paint was used to send signals to airplanes flying high, at sea in lifeboats to improve visibility, as buoys at sea for marking dangerous mines and at air strips for night time landing!

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Joe wanted to dazzle and  be the greatest magician. And Bob wanted to become a doctor and save lives. And although they did not realize their own individual dreams, together they did both!

A story about color in color! A story about synergy and how two heads were better than one.  An informative Science book well worth reading.

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


14 comments

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  1. What a great recap: “A story about color in color! A story about synergy and how two heads were better than one.” I too enjoyed this picture book biography about these inventors — I always loved those little glass bottles of florescent paints!

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    • reshamad

      So true Jeanne. This was one well made biography! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Alice

    Wow! This looks great. I love this kind of biographies. Thanks for participating in Non-Fiction Monday.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Alice and hosting my post on Non Fiction Monday! We loved how the colors where used in the art work to really make the story come alive!

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  3. How very interesting- I didn’t realize that dayglo colours had such important applications other than looking cool!

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    • reshamad

      Yes, and its a great way to see them in action.. through picture books! Thanks for stopping by Perogyo.

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  4. jama

    I’d heard such good things about this book a couple of years ago, but never got around to seeing it. Love your review — you’ve prompted me to pick up a copy soon

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for your kind words Jama Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  5. This is a very fun book, and the use of Day-Glo colors in it is just brilliant! I’ll have to make sure someone checks this ine out tomorrow!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Ms. Yingling. I am sure you will enjoy it

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  6. Jeff

    This is a terrific book. I love the retro illustrations.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Jeff. The illustrations were very cleverly done wouldn’t you say?

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  7. I adore this book! Thank you for highlighting (not-so-great pun intended) it this week. You’ve inspired me to give it another read.

    Loree
    http://www.loreeburns.com

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Loree, It is an inspiring book

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