Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One
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—Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
"Huge laughs and great science—the kind of smart, funny stuff that makes Jon Scieszka a legend."
—Mac Barnett, author of Battle Bunny and The Terrible Two
Clever science experiments, funny jokes, and robot hijinks await readers in the first of six books in the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein chapter book series from the mad scientist team of Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs. The perfect combination to engage and entertain readers, the series features real science facts with adventure and humor, making these books ideal for STEM education. This first installment examines the science of “matter.”
Kid-genius and inventor Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. In the series opener, an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm, and a 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 inventions.. . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan!
Integrating real science facts with wacky humor, a silly cast of characters, and science fiction, this uniquely engaging series is an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers. With easy-to-read language and graphic illustrations on almost every page, this chapter book series is a must for reluctant readers. The Frank Einstein series encourages middle-grade readers to question the way things work and to discover how they, too, can experiment with science. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews raves, “This buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders,” while Publishers Weekly says that the series “proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful.”
Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Book 1), Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger (Book 2), Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo (Book 3), and Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt (Book 4). Visit frankeinsteinbooks.com for more information.
"In the final analysis, this buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders."
--Booklist, starred review
"Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect."
"In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful."
"With humor, straightforward writing, tons of illustrations, and a touch of action at the end, this book is accessible and easy to read, making it an appealing choice for reluctant readers. A solid start to the series."
--School Library Journal
"Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers...Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can't wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters."
—Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl
"Jon Scieszka's new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and non fiction appeals to the full range of the market."
—Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
directly overhead. A blue-white charge of electrical energy that was supposed to bring the SmartBot to life crackles down the lightning rod and harmlessly through the ground wire and into the earth. In the storm’s strobing light, Frank and Watson see a series of snapshot images: —the SmartBot flying out of the wagon —the SmartBot’s toaster-head spinning one direction —the SmartBot’s vacuum-cleaner body spinning the other. Then darkness. Bruuuuum, brrrummmmm . . . The thunder from the storm
but actually, I finally figured out how to power my old flying-bike invention. With a real Antimatter Motor I made with Watson and my robot pals.” The picture link fuzzes for a split second. “What?” says Mary. “We didn’t hear all of that. But it’s wonderful that you are riding bikes with your friends.” “We are heading home tomorrow,” says Bob. “See you in a couple days!” “Love you, sweetie.” “Love you guys. Bye.” Frank turns to Grampa Al. “You let your own kid make a volcano model?” Grampa
down the shore from the Big Black Cube. The setting sun lights up the dramatically cloudspeckled sky in fiery reds and oranges. Frank leans back in his cushioned seat, hands behind his head. “Beautiful, isn’t it, Watson?” Watson and Frank quietly admire the sunset. “Even more beautiful,” Frank continues, “when you know that it’s caused by the sunlight rays traveling through more air molecules at sunset. And the short-wavelength blue and green light getting scattered out, leaving the
to someone else. He is talking to something else. Frank drops all the toaster pieces with a clink-clanking clatter. “You,” says Frank, understanding in a second what has happened. “You are . . . alive!” THE ROBOT STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF FRANK EINSTEIN’S laboratory nods. “Yes, I am alive. According to at least one definition of your term ‘alive.’” “I knew it could work,” says Frank. The robot reaches out his right hand. “My name is Klink. I am a self-assembled artificial-intelligence
Which one?” Klank thinks. Or tries to think. Frank and Watson hear something spinning—hard—inside Klank’s perforated head. There is a small bing! and Klank shouts, “Oooh, the one with Professor Poopypants!” “Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants,” says Watson. “That is a good one.” “What?” says Frank. “Professor Poopypants is a misunderstood scientist and inventor,” Watson explains. “Seriously?” Frank questions. “Yes, he really is!” Klank confirms. “He invents a