Brown, Don A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood & Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison 32 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010. $17.00. PICTURE BOOK Who knew that the famous Thomas Edison started out selling vegetables from his garden and being removed from school because the teacher thought he was "addled." This takes you through Thomas's childhood, showing all of the different jobs he held before becoming an inventor. He wrote and sold newspapers on the trains all day, and worked with telegraphs. This was not enough for him though, and at the age of 22, he quit his job as a telegraph operator and focused on his inventions. He came up with 1,093 patents in his lifetime. His achievements include the phonograph, motion picture cameras, and of course the light bulb. This is a fun book chronicling his early life. It would be a great supplement for inventor units, or the electricity unit. EL-ESSENTIAL. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher.