Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up by Monica Kulling is part of the Great Ideas Series of biographies of inventors for early readers. It does a great job of showing the difference one person can make, especially at a young age as Margret Knight’s first invention was put into use around the age twelve.

The illustrations for In the Bag! are very well done by David Parkins, and it was great to discover that the book’s two-sided cover doubles as a poster. This is a wonderful way to keep the lessons and encouragements of Margret Knight’s example in front of our children, thus expanding the experience of the book.

I do admit to wondering, “What’s so exciting about paper bags?” but the excitement comes more in Ms. Knight’s journey as an inventor in the mid to late 1800’s as an unmarried woman, and the struggle she had to go through to prove herself. She is definitely shown as a very confident and independent women who worked hard… to invent machines that would allow for her not to have to work quite so hard – gotta love that!

Monica Kulling’s well written account of Margret Knight’s accomplishments is a great way to show kids that they are never too young to begin inventing. I look forward to checking out a few of the other biographies in the Great Idea Series.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.