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Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger: Frank Einstein, Book 2

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots of solid science in fun, goofy sequel about energy.

Book Jon Scieszka Science 2015
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FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ELECTRO-FINGER: BOOK 2 is a fun way to explore energy in its many forms, including magnetic, electrical, and mechanical. Jon Scieszka lays out a simple, concise explanation of how energy works, with great help from diagrams and illustrations by Brian Biggs. The plot development is a little clunky: The science is explained well, but it bogs down the early story and may lose impatient young readers. Some plot elements -- such as friend Janegoodall and an angry mob pursuing the heroes -- come and go in disjointed fashion.

It's an ideal fit for kids who enjoy science and are eager to linger over diagrams and explanations. As with any good teacher, Scieszka draws connections to history, literature, and some pop culture; he works in references to William Wadsworth Longfellow, Tarzan, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Now that the Frank Einstein series has covered matter and energy, upcoming books will take a scientific look at humans, life, Earth, and the universe.

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