Jim Bambra reviewed The Book of Wondrous Inventions for Dragon magazine #136 (August 1988). Bambra described The Book of Wondrous Inventions as "a real treat for lovers of wacky magical items," including such "zany labor-saving devices and weird war machines" as Melrond's Foolproof Dishwasher and Brandon's Bard-in-a-Box". He also noted that the book contains plenty of "devices of mass destruction", as well as rules for creating magical items.
Lawrence Schick, in his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, comments on some items in the book such as "magic boom boxes" and "armored tanks": "Pretty funny, eh? Real knee-slappers."