Review: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

Frank einsteinBy Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs

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Frank Einstein is a kid genius and inventor, who, along with his long-suffering best friend Watson, builds two robots, Klink and Klank, while staying in his Grampa Al’s fix-it shop. With their help, Frank creates an Antimatter Motor to power a flying bike: his entry for the Midville Science Competition. However, it doesn’t exactly go to plan thanks to Frank’s archenemy T. Edison and his evil monkey friend Mr Chimp…

The first of Jon Scieszka’s series aimed at 10 to 13 year olds has some detailed characters in its simple but engaging storyline, and many of them are very funny. You feel sorry for Watson because he is treated as a lackey, but it’s still very easy to laugh at him when he screws up, and the villainous T. Edison likes to think he is so much smarter than everyone else, it’s very amusing when he makes the mistake that ruins his evil plans.

Even someone who isn’t that interested in the subject can actually understand the science in this, but the pace is rather slow, and it’s not the book to go to if you’re looking for an action-packed adventure.

Verdict: An enjoyable story that will keep you amused while educating you. 7/10

Sophie Simpson

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