Tool. Time. Twist.
Written by David R. Shapiro | Illustrated by Christopher Herndon

Young readers and parents will enjoy this whimsical and entertaining journey through the history of tools from the stone hand ax to the modern toolbox. Full color illustrations help the young reader identify and name each tool and the sing-song text will help them remember different events in the history of tool making. Tool. Time. Twist. includes 20 tools and 2.5 million years of tool making.

Price: $17.99 US, $21.99 CAN
Age: 4 and up
ISBN: 9780984442270
Format: Cloth



David R. Shapiro is the founder of Craigmore Creations. Entrepreneur, entertainer and naturalist. He has tracked rare carnivores for the USFS, guided children through a mythical theater naturalist learning camp, and acted as a liaison for large scale art and music festival productions. 

Christopher Herndon is an artist, monster maker, musician, and more. He is the creator of two comic book series and illustrator for numerous album covers, games, and magazines. Chris has traveled across the country showcasing his work. You can see more of Chris's work at

“Each page in this book is set up the same with three questions. The questions are: What’s the Tool?, What’s the Time?, and What’s the Twist? Then the author answers each question briefly. The time tells how many years ago it was made. The twist explains a little bit about how the tool is used or who invented it. There are many different tools in the book such as: sticks and stones, fire, Philips screw drivers, plow, tape measure and many more! …. My favorite tool in this book was the multitool because it has so many tools in one! I also liked it if the description told what country the tool was from. If you really like learning about tools you might like this book.”

—The San Francisco Book Review/The Sacramento Book Review 

“For as long as kids have been kids, they have been intrigued about tools, building and construction sites. Through colorful illustrations, fun facts and sing-song text, kids will learn about fascinating tools and different events in the history of tool making. While the name and origin of each tool are provided, a “twist” or fun fact is offered as well. For example, in the case of “sticks and stones,” our ancestors may have used these very early tools, but animals used them as well. And, the illustrations are cleverly created to look like blueprints which makes for added fun.”