Imaginative illustrations and spare words present deep themes in this picture book. … Strambini’s detailed black-and-white pencil illustrations are filled with Rube Goldberg-like contraptions that resemble fantastical notebook doodles and are saved from monochromatic overwhelm by judiciously placed spots of color. … The book’s theme is presented subtly; this is a story that rewards multiple readings with multiple layers of understanding. A picture book that celebrates creativity and imagination…and the courage to share them.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Melbourne-based artist Strambini redefines the "thinking cap" metaphor in this visually dynamic debut. … Strambini’s playful renderings suggest an engineer’s plans, scribbled in charcoal-colored pencil on a putty-and-cream background and enlivened by red and blue detailing. Mr. Qwerty’s magnum opus is shown to be an enormous, bird-shaped, Rube Goldberg contraption that distributes ideas (in egg form) to the masses, subtly putting forth the idea that creativity and intellectual exploration create an atmosphere that fosters more of the same.
The extraordinary pencil drawings will have students exploring the unusual inventions for hours.
—Library Media Connection