Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One
—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
metal?” “Oh, no,” says Edison. “I would never do something that crazy. I sold them. Got ten dollars.” Frank grinds his teeth. He clenches his fists. He tenses every muscle. Then he shouts, “NOOOOOOOOO!” and runs right at Edison. Frank pulls back his fist, leaps over the desk, and is caught in midair by a strong, hairy arm. Watson jumps in, kicking and swinging crazily. Another strong, hairy arm wraps around his waist. Edison laughs a weird, panting laugh. “Throw them out, Mr. Chimp!” Frank
sparking pistol erupts in a blinding white-light explosion, annihilating every bit of itself, the Antimatter Motor—and the robot Klank. FRANK AND WATSON SIT AT THE LABORATORY WORKBENCH, FACING Frank’s laptop screen. “We are so sorry to hear you didn’t win the Science Prize, sweetie.” Frank waves a hand. “Ah, don’t worry about that, Mom. The science is more fun than any prize. And just this morning I sold a magnetic levitation idea to a cool skateboard company and paid off Grampa’s deed, so we
more about how atoms, and the universe, are made. Biggest man-made machine ever, built to study smallest particles of matter. Named the Large Hadron Collider. Underground ring is so big it crosses the border of France and Switzerland four times. A WATSON FAVORITE INVENTION 1.00: CHANGING STATES OF MATTER: THE POPSICLE When Frank Epperson was eleven years old in San Francisco in 1905, he left a stirring stick in a pot of flavored soda water on an outdoor porch. That night, the temperature
want.” “I get it, Grampa. We’ll be careful. And we’ll watch out for any suspicious-looking scientists. But this is going to be soooo big.” Grampa Al watches the two robots investigate the kitchen, taking in every detail. “Well, you’ll win the Midville Science Prize for sure when you show up with these guys.” “I thought about that, but I can’t enter the robots. I didn’t exactly make them. They made themselves.” Frank thinks for a second. “And anyway—I have a million more inventions they can
BICYCLE, AN OLD RADIATOR, AND a rusted riding mower. He crooks his vacuum-hose arm over his head and freezes, now disguised as a broken Shop-Vac. “Hide?” says Klank. “What is ‘hide’?” “Pretend you are some kind of broken machine,” answers Klink without moving. Klank stomps over to the garage wall. He karate-chops a fifty-gallon drum in half and crams one of the halves over his head. He sits down next to a busted washing machine. Frank and Watson stop at the back doorway of the shop. “What