Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter Reading 2015 Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

Once again kid genius, Frank Einstein, has created a wonderful new invention. His Electro-Finger transmits electricity wirelessly with just the push of a button. But when he and his friend Watson demonstrate it for Midville, their nemesis Tom Edison manages to sabotage the demonstration and frighten everyone. Tom does this because he has purchased all the power supply companies around Midville and wants to become rich by charging outrageous prices for electricity. Will Frank be able to prove that his wireless power supply is safe? Where have Watson and Mr. Chimp (Edison's pet) disappeared to? You'll have to read the book to find out.

While you are reading, you may enjoy the many diagrams that illustrate the scientific principles and concepts that Frank shares with Watson. Since the boys are experimenting with energy, Frank talks about Newton's 3 Laws, force and motion, types of energy (which robot Klink can demonstrate with all his handy attachments), and Nicola Tesla's attempts to transmit energy without wires. Robot Klank tries to make Klink laugh with his silly jokes, but Klink is too literal and doesn't understand humor. We can laugh at Klink's reactions to each new joke and his own attempts to tell a joke to Grandpa. 

While the book is fun as pleasure reading, it also has simple experiments and demonstrations that you can do with just a few household items like salt, pepper, balloons, and a spoon. There are also energy notes at the back about the topics Frank tries to explain to Watson. There is even a recipe for "Ants on a Log" from Mr. Chimp, although I would recommend substituting raisins in place of the ants.

Perfect for middle grade readers who enjoy humor, wacky scientists and inventions, robots, bad guys with their own chimp henchman, and lots of laughs.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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