Author: "Science Bob" Pflugfelder

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Book Review + Giveaway: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage

January 29, 2014 Book Review, Giveaway, reviews 6

Book Review + Giveaway:  Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army RampageNick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
Published by Quirk Books on February, 2014
Genres: Children, Mystery
Pages: 240
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Nick and Tesla, eleven year old twins, are back for their 2nd adventure in Robot Army Rampage.  It’s just been 2 weeks since we left the twins in High-Voltage Danger Lab {see my review here} where we learned they had been sent to stay with their eccentric Uncle Newt in Half Moon Bay, California.  Nick & Tesla’s parents had been sent to Uzbekistan to “study soybeans”. . .

Robot Army Rampage begins with the theft of a rare and expensive comic book from Hero Worship, Inc., owned by the Kuskie family ~ Silas Kuskie is one of two boys to befriend the twins since their move to Half Moon Bay.  This one comic book was going to keep the family from financial ruin, losing the store and losing their house.  Enter precocious take-charge Tesla and soon the duo, along with Silas and DeMarco, are enmeshed in solving the crimes occurring all around town.

With the lovable, yet totally spacy, Uncle Newt tripping over himself falling in love with new owner of the hobby store,  the town’s one bumbling sheriff/meter maid/dog catcher, and the next-door neighbor who glares and smolders anytime Uncle Newt or the twins are within eyesight Robot Army Rampage is filled with just the type of character every 11 year old has rolled his eyes at in either affection or aggravation {if you’ve ever spent any length of time around that age you know just what I’m talking about!}.

We learn a bit more about the mystery surrounding Nick & Tesla’s parents ~ both from side hints Uncle Newt dropped unknowingly and from a mysterious phone call. . .hopefully to be cleared up in Book #3 coming out this May!

All the things I loved in High-Voltage Danger Lab are evident in Robot Army Rampage ~ Tesla is a strong, smart female protagonist.  Nick is a sensitive, smart, worrier & loving brother/son/nephew protagonist and while they are at the age where a bit of time away from parents can be fun, they still miss the routine, discipline and love from their parents.  These books are great for both boys and girls and, it’s just my opinion, but I do believe the science experiments in Robot Army Rampage are just a little bit cooler than what we found in High-Voltage Danger Lab. . .it is all about robots didn’t I mention?!?  I cannot say enough great things about this series!

And because the books are so great and Quirk Books so cool, I have both Book 1 & 2 + a poster to give to one lovely reader.  Giveaway Ended.

 

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Kid Konnection: High Voltage Danger Lab

December 28, 2013 Book Review, reviews 2

Kid Konnection:  High Voltage Danger LabHigh Voltage Danger Lab by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
Published by Quirk Books on November, 2013
Genres: Children, Mystery
Pages: 240
Source: complimentary review copy
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Eleven year old twins, Nick and Tesla, have been sent to stay with their “eccentric” uncle in Half Moon Bay, CA for the summer while their horticulture scientist parents go to Uzbekistan to work on “soybean-irrigation.”  Starting with being stranded at the airport  on to pulling up in the taxi in front of their uncle’s drive to see a lawn mower pushing itself right into the neighbor’s perfectly manicured lawn, things just don’t seem to be going that well for Nick and Tesla.  Both are terribly disappointed their summer vacation plans were changed overnight from trips to Disney, family time and long lazy days with friends to being sent across the country to the uncle everyone snickers about behind their hands.  Nick and Tesla soon learn how eccentric their inventor uncle can be when they cross the threshold into his ramshackle home and discover he has glued himself to the floor with one of his own inventions!

Things look up a bit after Uncle Newt tells the twins his basement laboratory is theirs to use minus this corner, that corner, that corner, this corner. . .but otherwise, it’s all theirs!  So the following day, Nick and Tesla build a rocket with just a couple of supplies and take it to an abandoned field nearby.  When the rocket goes off and takes Tesla’s unique necklace given to her by their parents {to not ever take off} before they left things begin to get quite mysterious for the twins.

Written by popular “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith, Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab is filled with wry jokes, sibling teasing, funny one-liners and lots of very cool “MacGyver” science experiments along with clear, detailed directions for building and experimenting!  This is one of those books I wish had been around while I was growing up. . .has enough of a story line to grab my attention along with experiments that make me think.  What a fabulous idea!  I can see where Science Bob would be quite the popular teacher!  Looking back through the book I’m trying to decide which is my favorite experiment that I’m going to try.  It’s a toss-up between the “Christmas-Is-Over Intruder Alert System” and the “Mints-and-Soda-Fueled Robot Dog Distractor.”  Be on the lookout next week for pictures on Facebook of this grand experiment!  {yup! I’m reliving my childhood!}

Highly recommended for upper Elementary/early Middle Grades, both boys and girls.  On a side note, I want to point out that Tesla, especially, is written to be as smart, as talented, as EQUAL to Nick ~ LOVE, love, love that aspect of these books (among many other great attributes of the Nick and Tesla series).  Oh, I did mention this is a series, right? 🙂

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Saturdays brings the weekly Kid Konnection hosted at Booking Mama.  

To participate or to read about additional books perfect for children and youth, visit Booking Mama.net.

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