"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.
"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
About the Author
Jon Scieszka’s books include The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Battle Bunny. He is the founder of Guys Read and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He lives in Brooklyn. Visit him online at www.frankeinsteinbooks.com. Brian Biggs’s picture books include Everything Goes and the brand-new Tinyville Town series for Abrams Appleseed. He lives in Philadelphia. Visit him online at www.mrbiggs.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really good and funny
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor is a flask-full of humor, science, and adventure accompanied by cool illustrations done on graph paper. Frank and his friend Watson spend time in Grandpa Al’s basement trying to make a robot that self-assembles and learns on its own. This invention is going to be the prize entry at the Midville School Science Fair. Frank desperately needs to win the prize money to help save his Grandpa’s shop. But, there are many unexpected twists and turns along the way, as Frank’s rival, T. Edison, will stop at nothing to win. My favorite part of the book was when Frank showed his robots, Klink and Klank, the Three Laws of Robotics. I enjoyed this part because it was a mini-suspenseful moment for me to see if they really would obey! I also liked learning about Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics and how they control robots in the real world. Something that stood out to me was the theme: family relationships. Frank works hard to try and win the science fair, not for himself, but for his Grandpa Al. Frank’s desire to help his family drives his efforts and really shows how much he truly cares. Overall, I gave this book a 5 star rating, because it makes science fun. It is an exciting adventure that would make even the most reluctant reader happy to join in. I would recommend this book to both girls and boys ages 8-12. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series and see what new experiments Frank Einstein, Klink, Klank, and Watson get involved with next time! Review by Brooke Z., 9, Delaware Valley Mensa
I enjoy the sign laguege in the back and i love the humor
Parents and kids will love this book. Schools and libraries will have a hard time keeping this one available. I am definitely requesting my library director order a copy of this book for our local library. Slap-stick and science. Entertainment and education. Boisterous and brainy. Sort of Captain Underpants meets Encyclopedia Brown. It took me a while to write this review, as my 7 year old and I would read a chapter most every night, and what a great time we had reading this book together. There are subjects and vocabulary that my son had not yet been introduced to. Now, through this silly, fun, (yet informative)and quirky book, he has. We spent about as much time talking about concepts in this book and looking up topics on the internet as we did reading it. This book is great for middle school age children (all boys in the story), but if your child is younger, adults will enjoy reading with them. There is enough subtle humor and references to entertain the adults, yet my son was howling at the knock-knock jokes, the signing, ant-licking chimp and the 'Odd Couple' robots, Klink and Klank. My son loved the pictures and diagrams and the wackiness. As a parent, I loved that Scieska included Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, sign language, protons and neutrons, anti-matter, atom smashing and Watson's Universal-Strength Peanut Butter Bubble Gum. There are great social lessons as Frank's story incorporates stealing, cheating, helping family and friends, failure and success, brief scientific ethical issues and using his brains, talent and a bit of wisecracking to overcome hurdles. I can't wait for more of this series. It appears to me that the underlying theme of this story is matter and the future themes will be energy, humans, life, earth and the universe. My son, hands down, rated this 5 stars (after his initial gazillion stars). I rate it a 4.5. To make this book perfect for me, it would include kids of color. What a great way open up young minds to a world of science, invention and mystery in a manner that is sure to appeal to them. Disclosure: I read a free uncorrected proof the book in return for my candid review. Be assured, my opinion is honest, and I do not owe or know the author/publisher.