Monday, October 6, 2014
and the Antimatter Motor
written by Jon Scieszka and
illustrated by Brian Biggs
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and 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 Antimatter Motor...until Frank's archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan!
Mr. Scieszka has created a fun and zany middle grade novel where science and robotics take center stage. As I read this hilarious book - with awesome illustrations by Brian Biggs - it reminded me of the 1999 movie, Inspector Gadget, starring Matthew Broderick. This well-written and extraordinary story contains enough scientific terms to satisfy the most committed nerd, while being so entertaining it will entice even the most reluctant of readers. I would highly recommend Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.