Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

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Series: Frank Einstein Vol. 1   

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Annotation: In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein invents robots Klink and Klank, who set about helping him perfect his Antimatter Motor--until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.
Catalog Number: #139724
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Biggs, Brian,
Pages: 179 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-419-72492-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97440-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-419-72492-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97440-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014011918
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
After a freak electrical storm, boy genius Frank Einstein wakes up to find two robots--Klink (a "self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity") and Klank (a "mostly self-assembled artificial almost [intelligent]" being)--in his lab. He hopes they'll help him win a science prize and save his grandfather's repair-shop business. The book features kid-friendly humor in spades, and an impressive amount of scientific know-how.
Publishers Weekly
Scieszka (the Spaceheadz series) pulls in an array of scientific, cultural, and historical allusions and references-Einstein and Frankenstein, sure, but also James Bond, Edison vs. Tesla, the CERN particle collider, and more-in this first book in the Frank Einstein series, loosely based around the subject of matter. Not unlike Shelley-s Frankenstein, science whiz Frank is trying to animate a robot he-s built in his garage lab. Frank doesn-t succeed, but in one of the happy accidents that pepper scientific history (ahem, penicillin), Frank inadvertently lays the groundwork for the creation of two -self-assembled artificial-life- entities named Klink and Klank, fashioned from Shop-Vacs, Casio keyboards, and other mechanical detritus. The antimatter motor Frank whips up next for the science fair leads to a confrontation with his nemesis. Biggs-s (the Everything Goes books) two-color cartoons and diagrams run the gamut from silly to scientific, and the same holds true of Scieszka-s story. In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful. Ages 8-12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

School Library Journal
Gr 35 Scieszka's latest novel centers on kid genius and inventor Frank Einstein and his two self-assembled robots, Klink and Klank. When Frank designs an antimatter motor flying bike to submit for Midville's Science Prize, his idea is stolenalong with Klink and Klankby his rival, T. Edison, and Edison's sidekick, Mr. Chimp, an actual chimp who communicates through sign language. But, with a bit of ingenuity, and a little help from his Grampa Al and his friend Watson, Frank is able to thwart Edison's plans and rescue the two robots. Sciezka writes in the present tense, creating a fast-paced read, and offers plenty of science facts for children. Biggs's cartoon drawings cleverly add to the story, particularly his illustrations of Mr. Chimp's sign language, which are seamlessly interspersed as dialogue throughout the text. Although not entirely original as a character, Frank is likable and resourceful, while Edison makes for a diabolical but predictable villain. However, children will enjoy the matter-of-fact Klink, affable Klank, and droll Mr. Chimp, all of whom provide the majority of the laughs in the book and inject some novelty into an otherwise standard story. 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. Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In this start to a new series, young Frank Einstein and his trusted pal Watson foil the dastardly plans of archnemesis T. Edison and his financial advisor, Mr. Chimp. Along the way, they rely on the material assistance of Frank's genius robot Klink and not-so-genius-but-affectionate robot Klank and the abiding support of Frank's Grampa Al. The high jinks begin at a school science prize competition and continue after Edison steals Frank's antimatter technology, ultimately leaving the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Scieszka soaks the narrative in real science, from a narrative structure built on the principles of scientific inquiry to throwaway jokes about apes and teeth. Literary allusions abound, including a principled invocation of Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics as articulated in I, Robot. The busy book design features imagery on almost every spread; Biggs' full-page comic illustrations alternate with spot drawings, numbered scientific figures, diagrams, and blueprints. The clever use of typefaces adds to the visual appeal, with distinctive fonts for the two robots' dialogue and pictographic ASL hand letters for Mr. Chimp (with a key in the back). 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.
Word Count: 19,902
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 168147 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q64345
Lexile: 730L
Guided Reading Level: S

"I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein . It will have kids laughing." --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. STARRED REVIEW "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." -- Kirkus Reviews "In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful." -- Publishers Weekly "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


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