Saturday, 21 March 2015

REVIEW 'Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger' by Jon Scieszka

'Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger' by Jon Scieszka (Illustrated by Brian Biggs)

Goodreads Synopsis:

"In this second book in the series, Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificialalmost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival—this time in a quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions, the “Electro-Finger,” a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct contact with Edison’s quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get “rich rich rich.” Time is running out, and only Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank can stop Edison and his sentient ape, Mr. Chimp!"


Hello Elementareaders!

'Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger' is the second in the Frank Einstein series by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Brian Biggs. This is a middle-grade series about a kid inventor, full of fun science facts and adventure. This is the second in the series but could be read as a stand-alone.

This book follows the adventures of Frank Einstein, his best friend Watson and his two artificially intelligent robots Klink and Klank. Frank is working on an invention to create wireless renewable energy using the ideas from one of the greatest inventors of the nineteenth and twentieth century, Nikola Tesla. Frank succeeds and creates what he names the 'Electro-Finger'. When the finger is directed at an electrical object, i.e. an unconnected lightbulb, it sends an electrical current and lights it up! Frank and his friends want to show off their invention to the town at the Midville movie night, but not all goes to plan.

Frank's arch-nemesis T. Edison and his sidekick Mr. Chimp are planning on causing their own stir at the movie night. They are hatching a plan to make sure that everyone in Midville has to buy energy from them so they become very rich, and will do anything to stop Frank from showing that wireless energy is possible! Can Frank and the gang stop Edison before it's too late?

I read the first book in this series last year and absolutely adored it. I'm a bit of a science geek and this book manages to perfectly balance a great fun storyline with informative science facts. I know this book is intended for kids but adults can learn from it too.

When I saw Nikola Tesla's name crop up on page 23 I smiled like crazy because he is my favourite inventor/scientist of all time. He's such an unappreciated scientist so it was great to see him getting some recognition in this book. There was some rivalry between Tesla and the real Edison back in the late 1800's so I found the whole Frank using Tesla's work to beat Edison thing quite amusing.

One thing that I love about these books is the labelled diagrams showing the science behind Frank's inventions. The diagrams a very simple and easy to understand. The book also has other illustrations of the characters which are really fun. I love how Klink's and Klank's dialogue is written in a different fonts, it makes it easy to read and differentiate between the two robots. The book also has a small section at the back with Frank's notes about the sciency bits which I thought was a really nice touch.

I thought this was a really great little story for both children and adults alike. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun quick read and I think this book would be great for children of about 8-12 who love science.

I would give this book 5 stars :)

Let me know in the comments if you want to read this! Any other Tesla fans out there? 

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