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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One Hardcover – August 19, 2014
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"I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing."
—Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
"Huge laughs and great science—the kind of smart, funny stuff that makes Jon Scieszka a legend."
—Mac Barnett, author of Battle Bunny and The Terrible Two
Clever science experiments, funny jokes, and robot hijinks await readers in the first of six books in the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein chapter book series from the mad scientist team of Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs. The perfect combination to engage and entertain readers, the series features real science facts with adventure and humor, making these books ideal for STEM education. This first installment examines the science of “matter.”
Kid-genius and inventor Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. In the series opener, an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm, and a flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his inventions.. . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan!
Integrating real science facts with wacky humor, a silly cast of characters, and science fiction, this uniquely engaging series is an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers. With easy-to-read language and graphic illustrations on almost every page, this chapter book series is a must for reluctant readers. The Frank Einstein series encourages middle-grade readers to question the way things work and to discover how they, too, can experiment with science. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews raves, “This buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders,” while Publishers Weekly says that the series “proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful.”
"In the final analysis, this buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders."
--Booklist, starred review
"Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect."
"In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful."
"With humor, straightforward writing, tons of illustrations, and a touch of action at the end, this book is accessible and easy to read, making it an appealing choice for reluctant readers. A solid start to the series."
--School Library Journal
"Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers...Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can't wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters."
—Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl
"Jon Scieszka's new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and non fiction appeals to the full range of the market."
—Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
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From School Library Journal
(Sharon Verbeten BookPage)
"Biggs’s cartoonish illustrations, including a number of science-y diagrams featuring subjects ranging from pizza toppings to the inner workings of a flatulent cow, complement the text perfectly. With a second book already in the works, this definitely smells like a hit series." (Sam Bloom The Horn Book Magazine 2014-11-01)
"Wacky characters, including a hip Grampa Al and a chimpanzee who uses sign language, make this fast-paced story a great choice for readers who want lots of laughs." (Tracy Scaglione, Library Media Specialist, Dorsett Shoals Elementary, Douglasville, Georgia Library Media Connection 2014-03-01)
- Publisher : Amulet Books; Illustrated edition (August 19, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419712187
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419712180
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #449,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's humor, action, science, science-fiction, silly-science, and slapstick, all rolled into one. You know that phrase "truthiness", meaning sort-of true? Well these books, (this is the first in a series of at least three), are full of scienceiness. Frank properly calculates how far away a storm is by counting the seconds between lightning and the resulting thunder, but he builds a robot with a toaster head. I think a young reader can tell the difference between real stuff and silly stuff, and that's even part of the fun.
When you add a fine hero, an amusing sidekick, two funny robot sidekicks, a kid villain, and a chimp villain sidekick, you really have a successful recipe. The plot is pretty standard issue, but there's so much going on that it was probably a good idea to not get overly complicated in terms of plot.
It helps that the humor is aimed high and low. There is slapstick and some kid friendly gross stuff. But on the other hand, the reanimation of the robot bit in the first chapter is a very sly parody of the "It's alive!" scene from the original Frankenstein movie. It's always a good sign when there's a little bit of everything for a wide range of young readers,and it seems to me that Scieszka is especially adept at writing middle grade books with wide appeal.
So, a nice find, especially for young readers with a scientific bent, and just plain good fun.
(Please note that I found this book while browsing the local library's books. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
There is a lot of science mixed in with the story and that could have bogged the story down, but thanks to Scieszka's explanations and Bigg's diagrams, it doesn't. In fact, I learned some things I didn't know, even after all my schooling. This book is perfect for budding scientists and for all readers just starting to realize that one doesn't need big muscles to be a hero. Recommended.
I’m always impressed with authors who can hold young reader’s attention like this!
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The science bits are sound , and the amusing presentation was certainly successful with one 12-yr old!