Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.719902
New York Times Bestseller

"I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing."
—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 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."
Kirkus Reviews

"In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful."
Publishers Weekly

"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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on August 19, 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-10: 1419712187
ISBN-13: 9781419712180
33 Book Reviews
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  • penguin313
    penguin313Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 7:12 pm55 stars
    A good book, thank you for the book IDOGO. It tells the story of Frank Einstein, kid scientist, and his self assembled robots.
    • acholguin
      acholguinThursday, July 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm55 stars
      Frank Einstein is a kid inventor who attempted to make two robots but then a chain reaction occurred and the robots came to life. He befriended them. The robots were named Clink and Clank. Clink looked like a vacuum. Clank looked like a trashcan with arms, leg, and a head. A kid named Edison steals Frank's idea for the science fair so he could save his grandfather's shop from being sold. After infiltrating the house of Edison, they tried to find out where Clink and Clank were because they had been kidnapped. The invention that Clink entered into the science fair was anti-matter and matter fueled power bike. The power was fueld by one drop of anti-water and regular water, that created enough power to fuiel the bike.
      • bibliophile
        bibliophileThursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm33 stars
        This book was really scientific... I mean science is really amazing... without it I'm pretty sure our world will fall apart it without science... Meet Frank Einstein who of course is a genius! So Frank Einstein lives with his grandpa... who might lose the store due to financial needs... So Frank Einstein had this genius idea if he wins the Science Fair... he can use the money to help out his Grandpa... The only problem is... what should he do? With his imaginative mind... he creates two robots, Klink and Klank.... where they... DRUM ROLLS PLEASE!!!! They come alive! It's another Frankenstein,,, get it because of his name :P... But once Frank Einstein's enemy comes around... Uh oh!!!! What's going on? Who wins the Science Fair???? Will Grandpa's store be saved? Well read and find out! I really loved how this book was imaginative, quirky, and funny... yet informative... this book has also amazing illustrations and diagrams that goes right along the story! Enjoy!!!
        • kitkat1998
          kitkat1998Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:16 am22 stars
          This book is pretty cliche. The names of the characters are references to famous historic and literary figures. The plot is fairly standard for the kids' science fiction genre. There are hints of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well. This is an okay book for those lazy, boredom-filled, summer moments.
          • genius1326
            genius1326Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5:37 am22 stars
            This is not that fun. It tells about a kid named Frank and he makes a lot of science/imagination objects. But one day, lightning hits his robots, and the robots come to life. But, that is almost 90% of the real Frankenstein!
            • mkid122
              mkid122Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:07 am44 stars
              Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor is about a kid genius named Frank Einstein. In this book he creates two robots to help him with his Antimatter motor to enter in to a science fair.He enters the fair because his grandpa shop is about to close down and if he wins he can get the money to keep his shop open. then his archenemy T. Edison, comes and start messing everything up. Also I love how this book is humorous and the illustrations are great.
              • snicker9
                snicker9Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm11 star
                Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor wasn't that great of a book. The plot was predictable, and you knew what was going to happen next, even if you didn't know exactly how. I think that nobody would like this book. For teenagers and above this book would be boring. For younger kids, I think they would have a hard time following the story. It is very complex, and has many technical terms. Of course, some people who really enjoy robotics and other science topics, they may like this book. It is about young Frank Einstein, who builds two self-learning robots for his local science fair, to win the money to save his grandpa's shop. But then his rival shows up-and things start going on. Will Frank win? Will he save his grandpa's shop? What will happen next?
                • thedarklord12
                  thedarklord12Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:30 am
                  WOW! When i saw this book I was so happy! I like robotics and any type of technology and then I see this book!!!!???!!!!! please, I am looking toward this book so much, and if I don't I will be deeply disappointed. : (
                  • talk2camden
                    talk2camdenTuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm44 stars
                    Frank Einstein is an inventor, but not just ANY inventor, a GENIUS inventor, and this year, his science fair project will be the greatest thing ever to exist: an Antimatter Motor! With help of course, from his newly invented self assembled artificial intelligence entities. All is going well until Frank Einstein's archrival shows up!
                    • penguin313
                      penguin313Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm55 stars
                      A good book. I won this book on IDOGO, and I recommend it. It includes many funny references to scientists and includes robots and a young scientist.

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