Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wild & Wonderful Wednesday: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka


Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and 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 Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.


One always knows that a book with the name Scieszka on is bound to be entertaining.  And Frank Einstein is no exception.  The boy scientist/inventor and his grandfather have much in common with their namesake Albert Einstein, including their love of science (not to mention the wild hair).  Frank and his best friend, Watson, are determined to win the Midville Science Prize in order to save Grandpa Al's house/lab.  After inadvertently creating a couple of robots it seems that the Prize may just be within reach.  But unbeknownst to Frank, his rival T. Edison is determined to thwart his efforts and take the prize for himself and Frank's project could change both their worlds in the process.

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.

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