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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Frank Einstein, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Scientific smarts and goofy humor are a winning experiment.

Book Jon Scieszka Science 2014
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FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR kicks off Jon Scieszka's science-based series with a satisfying bang. Frank's an enjoyable character with a good heart and a Sherlock Holmes-style knack for seeing several moves ahead of everyone else. Science is woven into the narrative at every step. Some of the particulars may be beyond younger readers, but there's enough here to keep them engaged and appeal to kids with a strong interest in science.

Brian Biggs' plentiful black-and-red illustrations will lure even reluctant readers, who may find themselves poring over a diagram of an eyeball or an illustration showing how a singing fish toy can be rigged to a doorbell. Don't be surprised if your aspiring tinkerer starts asking for a garage lab of his own.

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