How Does a Camera Work?

Children - Picture Book
39 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2023
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Reviewed by Laura Imaz for Readers' Favorite

How Does a Camera Work? by Jennifer O'Brien tells the story of Alex and her mom, an adorable pair of canines who begin preparing for their vacation to New York City when they suddenly find a key component of their journey, Mom's legendary camera, has gone missing! As they sift through their belongings, Alex starts wondering how a camera works and questions her mom. Utilizing common household items such as a mirror and a magnifying glass., her mom cleverly explains its mechanism. She starts showing Alex her old NYC images as a way of explaining the complex but simple technique of taking photos, such as zoom, composition, aperture, and landscape orientations. This picture book is an excellent opportunity for both children and adults to learn about the inner workings of a camera.

How Does a Camera Work? tells the story of Alex and her mother searching for and learning about camera mechanics. Jennifer O'Brien perfectly explains the camera's numerous elements and the function of each piece using ordinary things. I appreciated each comparison's practicality since I learned a lot from this book! Children's picture books frequently have specific age groups in mind, but I found this book equally beneficial to children and adults. Furthermore, its colorful images aided the explanation, which is a wonderful help given that some components of abstract nature exist. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about photography since its contents ensure an enjoyable time!

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

How Does a Camera Work? is a children’s picture book by Jennifer O’Brien. In the story, a young dog and her mother are preparing for a trip to New York City when the mother realizes she has misplaced her camera. The young dog agrees to help her mother search for it, but she’s curious about the way a camera works. Her mother provides details about the inner structure of most cameras and makes comparisons for a better understanding. For example, O’Brien describes the aperture in a camera in detail, and children will finish the book with a much better appreciation of that important part of a camera. The inside of the cover shows the aperture in different ways, helping children see the many modes in which the instrument may function. The mother helps her daughter gain a full grasp of the workings of a camera.

Jennifer O’Brien delights her readers with a conversational story. Children will relate to similar experiences and follow the way that the information is presented. The story moves along quickly, and it will hold a child’s attention. By personifying dogs, the author draws in animal lovers and gives the tale a whimsical element. Ira Baykovska’s illustrations are beautifully vivid and guaranteed to catch a child’s eye. The diagram of the camera is especially helpful, and it serves as a perfect reference point as the reader pages through the book. How Does a Camera Work? is a great choice for curious young readers and children who enjoy learning new things.

Alex Ndirangu

I have yet to meet a child who isn't fascinated by photography. Through Jennifer O'Brien's How Does a Camera Work? you can foster your child's fascination with photography and improve their creativity, skills, and most importantly, their confidence as a photographer. Here we meet two scruffy dogs, a mother, and her daughter. For Alex and her mom, today will be a great day as they plan to take a trip to New York City. But while packing for the journey, Alex's mom realizes that she can't find her camera. While searching for it through the boxes, Alex becomes curious and asks her mother how a camera works. How does Alex's mom explain that it is possible for a camera to zoom or capture photos of things moving at great speed? Why are there vertical and horizontal formats? Grab a copy to find out.

How Does a Camera Work? was a joy to read. First, the entire book is a feast for the eyes, with each scene depicted in vibrant colors. Each element described in the story is accompanied by a corresponding illustration, enabling the reader to fully immerse themselves into the world of Alex and her mom. The book does not have many characters, but those included are well-developed, interesting to follow, likable, and relatable. Like most children, Alex is curious about things she doesn't understand. She's also bold and won't hesitate to ask questions. Alex's mom is a good listener and will answer her child's questions to the best of her ability. These two share several cute moments in the illustrations. The book's captivating imagery and easy-to-read, concise storytelling style will enchant young readers. Jennifer O'Brien also included a few blank pages at the end of the book for little readers to scribble on. Every parent with a child fascinated by cameras should check this one out.

Amy Louise Hill

How Does a Camera Work? by Jennifer O'Brien is a picture book for young children. One day, Alex and her mom are preparing for a trip to New York City. But there's just one problem; her mom can't find her camera. She always has it with her and can't go on a trip without it. Alex tells her mom she doesn't know where it is but offers to help her mom look for it. Just before they begin searching together, Alex asks how a camera works. Her mom explains in fun and simple ways that help Alex to understand. Does your child know how a camera works? If not, then this book will tell them everything they need to know whilst entertaining them along the way.

How Does a Camera Work? was a pleasure to read. It is a book that children are going to love and learn from, especially if they are beginning to ask questions about how things work in general. I feel it will make the perfect starting point for children who enjoy being creative, because what's better than taking some cool and meaningful photos to cherish forever? It could also provide parents with an opportunity to strengthen their bond with their children. The content has been written to a professional standard and flows nicely to enable children to follow along more easily. The illustrations by the talented Ira Baykovska are adorable and fit well within the theme of the book. Keep up the great work, Jennifer and Ira; you work well together, and I hope to see more from you both soon.