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Title:
Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger
Author:
Scieszka, Jon, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
165 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with intelligent robots Klink and Klank once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival--this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 2.0 172186.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781419714832
Format :
Book

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In this second book in the series, Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival--this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla's inventions, the Electro-Finger, a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct conflict with Edison's quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get rich rich rich. Time is running out, and only Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank can stop Edison and his sentient ape, Mr. Chimp!


Author Notes

Jon Scieszka was born September 8, 1954 in Flint , Michigan. After he graduated from Culver Military Academy where he was a Lieutenant, he studied to be a doctor at Albion College. He changed career directions and attended Columbia University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Before he became a full time writer, Scieszka was a lifeguard, painted factories, houses, and apartments and also wrote for magazines. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years as a 1st grade assistant, a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, and a computer, math, science and history teacher in 3rd - 8th grade.

He decided to take off a year from teaching in order to work with Lane Smith, an illustrator, to develop ideas for children's books. His book, The Stinky Cheese Man received the 1994 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Scieszka's Math Curse, illustrated by Lane Smith, was an American Library Association Notable Book in 1996; a Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in 1995; and a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book in 1995. The Stinky Cheese Man received Georgia's 1997 Children's Choice Award and Wisconsin's The Golden Archer Award. Math Curse received Maine's Student Book Award, The Texas Bluebonnet Award and New Hampshire's The Great Stone Face Book Award in 1997. He was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2014 his title, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor made The New York Times Best Seller List. Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Frank Einstein is back, with his trusted companion Watson, his dutiful robots Klink (the smart one) and Klank (the affectionate one), and this time the experimental team is joined by their baseball-playing behaviorist friend, Janegoodall. Back, too, are dastardly evildoer T. Edison and his sign language-speaking chimp, Mr. Chimp. Can Frank and his crew foil Edison's plans to monopolize Midville's power plant? Can they successfully deliver wireless energy (that is, static cling) via their Electro-Finger? How long has Police Chief Jacob been going to Poetry Club? Scieszka's furious narrative, full of goofball humor and shenanigans, flies along, accelerated by Biggs' spot illustrations, diagrams, and scientific figures. And there's plenty of real science here, too, from meaningful descriptions of simple machines to blueprints for the Perfect Peashooter. Back matter (Frank Einstein's Energy Notes) includes scientific definitions, instructions for a homemade Electro-Finger, a poem from Police Chief Jacobs, and Mr. Chimp's recipe for Ants on a Log. Good stuff.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Kid genius Frank Einstein and his best friend, Watson, along with their two robot sidekicks, Klink and Klank, take on Einstein's archenemy T. Edison. Edison and his furry companion, Mr. Chimp, have developed a diabolical plan to take control of all of the electricity in Midville and then charge the citizens outrageous prices to use it. Einstein, meanwhile, has developed his own Electro-Finger device with which he hopes to provide free energy for all. There is enough factual information included in this title that it does, at times, slow down the narrative. That said, Scieszka knows how to provide plenty of fun to keep listeners engaged. Scieszka himself narrates the story with a touch of help from Brian Biggs. The audio presentation is well paced, with the narration slowed down appropriately when Mr. Chimp is signing so that listeners can figure out what is being spelled out. The robot voices are convincing and lively. -VERDICT While a few younger listeners may be put off by all of the scientific details, most will find the story enjoyable enough to pull them along to the rewarding conclusion.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.