Friday, June 1, 2018

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Book #1) by Jon Scieszka -OPTIONAL

Scieszka, Jon Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Book #1), 180 pages. Amulet (Abrams), 2017.  $8.  Language: G (o swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Young inventor Frank Einstein makes an invention of robot and tries to bring it to life with lightening. He wants to win the science fair so he can help his grandfather with bills. When he ends up with two robots, and they all puts their heads together (along with his best pal Watson) to create an antimatter motor for a bike. (and Universal Strength Peanut Butter Gum). His nemesis The Chimp, has other plans, and they don’t involve coming up with his own ideas.

We already had this book in my library and it saw a couple of checkouts only in the past few years (to some high level STEM students –who loved it!). I thought the book really interesting until they introduced the Chimp as a bad guy, which sort of jarred me out from my world buy in – thinking a smart kid was possible but a hyper intelligent chimp was just too much. The author does a great job with character building and plot. There is lots of science and fun with brainstorming inventions.  Reluctant readers might find themselves drawn to the quirky artwork and heavily illustration pages with font variations when the robots talk, then find themselves confronting a high level of vocabulary. (like copacetic).

EL– OPTIONAL Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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