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Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo: Frank Einstein, Book 3

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun sequel serves up science with a splash of philosophy.

Book Jon Scieszka Science 2015
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Jon Scieszka celebrates science and the wonder of human existence in the third book of the smart, silly Frank Einstein series. This time he shows how the human body works via a goofy mind-control plot. Straightforward scientific illustrations by Brian Biggs (EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer!) distill complex ideas into easy-to-understand diagrams.

The cartoony plot of FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BRAINTURBO certainly has some fun stretching the limits of scientific possibility -- such as a Brain Swirler to control other people's minds, and a chimpanzee with villainous aspirations -- but there's much to learn about brain waves, the senses, and human emotion. Simple writing, abundant illustrations, and a steady supply of jokes make this a very successful experiment. The six-part series already has covered matter and energy. Next up: life.

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