The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box
The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer
By Marcie Wessels (Author), Beatriz Castro (Illustrator)
Today, the video game industry keeps growing, with ever more platforms available to fans. But how did the very first system come about? This picture-book biography of Ralph Baer, whose family fled Nazi Germany for the US, introduces kids to a great inventor AND the birth of the first home console. Using wartime technology, Baer thought outside the box and transformed the television into a vehicle for gaming; Baer's invention, the Odyssey, is a precursor to the Atari gaming system. Today, interactive systems like Wii and PlayStation are descendants of Ralph’s innovative “Brown Box,” making this award-winning inventor the true “Father of Video Games.”
PRAISE“A personable and energetic introduction with a positive message.” – Kirkus
“A gentle introduction to a passionate inventor’s incredible impact on our culture. Young gamers will get a kick out of their beloved systems’ humble beginnings.” – School Library Journal
“Wessels’s unabashed fandom will appeal to the like-minded. Castro’s illustrations combine cartoonish exaggeration with realistic details, including plenty of tubes and plugs, to depict Baer’s journey.” – Publishers Weekly -
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Marcie Wessels is the author of Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime. She has a PhD in Latin American Literature from Tulane University. Previously she taught Spanish Language and Literature at the University of San Diego. She lives in San Diego, CA.
Beatriz Castro born in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. After graduating from the School of Arts in Logroño in 2008, she embarked on a career as a professional illustrator. Her art has appeared on covers and in books produced by international publishers. Beatriz lives in her native town with her family.