Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Author: Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Illustrator: Gilbert Ford

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Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.

A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford’s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World’s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.


• Junior Library Guild selection

• American Scientist, Gift Guide 2014: Books on Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math

• Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature, Cook Prize (STEM) Finalist

• Barnes & Noble 2014: “This Season’s Best Books for Aspiring Young Builders” BookPage magazine

• CCBC 2015 Choices, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin

• Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2014

• Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Children’s Read & Write Program

• Huffington Post, “26 Entertaining and Educational Books for Back-to-School Season”

• Nerdy Book Club Award for Nonfiction Picture Books 2014

• Oppenheim Best Books, Platinum and Gold Seals

• Orbis Pictus Honor Book, NCTE, Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

• Society of Illustrators, The Original Art 2014, Exhibition of Children