The Day-Glo brothers : the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors

by Barton, Chris,

Format: Print Book 2009
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Summary
A discovery that made the world a brighter place!

Joe and Bob Switzer were very different brothers. Bob was a studious planner who wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Joe dreamed of making his fortune in show business and loved magic tricks and problem-solving.

When an accident left Bob recovering in a darkened basement, the brothers began experimenting with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints. Together they invented a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity-Day-Glo.

This cover reproduction is not printed with Day-Glo colors. The actual book, however, is printed using three Day-Glo colors- Saturn Yellow, Fire Orange, and Signal Green.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Still in their teens in 1933, brothers Bob and Joe Switzer began experimenting with fluorescent colors and trying to create paints that would glow in the dark. Joe saw the potential for improving his magic show, while Bob, who was recovering from an industrial accident, hoped to make some money to pay his medical bills. After years of experimentation, they succeeded in creating paints that glowed in daylight as well as ultraviolet light. The book concludes with explanations of regular and daylight fluorescence as well as a note on the author's original research for the book. In stylized, digital artwork with a retro feel, Persiani illustrates early scenes of the Switzers' life in black, white, and shades of gray, then gradually introduces colors. The final double-page spreads are ablaze with Day-Glo yellow, green, and orange. Organizing his material well and writing with a sure sense of what will interest children, Barton creates a picture book that celebrates ingenuity and invention.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this debut for both collaborators, Barton takes on the dual persona of popular historian and cool science teacher as he chronicles the Switzer brothers' invention of the first fluorescent paint visible in daylight. The aptly named Day-Glo, he explains, started out as a technological novelty act (Joe, an amateur magician, was looking for ways to make his illusions more exciting), but soon became much more: during WWII, one of its many uses was guiding Allied planes to safe landings on aircraft carriers. The story is one of quintessentially American ingenuity, with its beguiling combination of imaginative heroes ("Bob focused on specific goals, while Joe let his freewheeling mind roam every which way when he tried to solve a problem"), formidable obstacles (including, in Bob's case, a traumatic accident), a dash of serendipity and entrepreneurial zeal. Persiani's exuberantly retro 1960s drawings-splashed with Day-Glo, of course-bring to mind the goofy enthusiasm of vintage educational animation and should have readers eagerly following along as the Switzers turn fluorescence into fame and fortune. Ages 7-10. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Switzer, Robert C., -- 1914-1997 -- Juvenile literature.
Switzer, Joseph L., -- 1915-1973 -- Juvenile literature.
Fluorescence -- Juvenile literature.
Colors -- Juvenile literature.
Paint -- Juvenile literature.
Inventors -- Juvenile literature.
Fluorescence.
Color.
Paint.
Inventors.
Publisher Watertown, MA :Charlesbridge,2009
Contributors Persiani, Tony, illustrator.
Language English
Awards Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, 2010
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781570916731
157091673X
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