Monday, October 6, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

Frank Einstein
and the Antimatter Motor
written by Jon Scieszka and
illustrated by Brian Biggs

Amazon Description:
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!

My Thoughts:
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.


  1. A book to satisfy both nerds and reluctant readers! As a former teacher, I would LOVE to have had that in my classroom library. But I'll be my art students would like it as well. Thanks for this review. Jon Scieszka is a brilliant writer.

    1. So true about the art, Elizabeth. I didn't say enough about the wonderful illustrations by Brian Biggs, but they are a perfect fit for the story. Have a great week!

  2. Haha, "to satisfy the most committed nerd." Sounds like a book my husband would've loved to read as a kid (or maybe even now!). :)

    1. It was entertaining - I even found myself laughing a bit! (And I've been told I'm a nerd. ^_^)