Book 4 publication date September 6!
Written by Jon Scieszka. The first book in the Frank Einstein series is called The Antimatter Motor. There will be five more, each using a different category of science as its main stage. Matter is the theme of this first one, Energy, the Human Body, Earth, All Living Things, and the Universe and Solar System.
Frank is a kid-genius, Klink and Klank are his self-assembled artificial intelligence robots. Watson is Frank's good friend and cohort. T. Edison and Mr. Chimp are his arch-nemeses.
I've been a fan of Jon's work for years and years. When my kids were young, I'd read them the likes of The Stinky Cheese Man and Baloney (Henry P.) and think "this is the kind of stuff I want to do." And here we are. It's a fun series and will be terrific books.
The illustrations are in two colors, the colors changing for each book.
From the Abrams catalog:
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and 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 Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.
Here's a big blog post on my NEWS page about the process that went into the cover art for the book. Go check it out!
"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
"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
"Biggs diagrams everything from how a maglev skateboard works to how Frank rigged his stuffed, singing bass on a plaque to the doorbell to the mechanics of a squirt gun. I couldn't imagine Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor being illustrated by anyone else."
—Books 4 Your Kids
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