Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab
A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Y ourself
by Bob Pflugfelder; Steve Hockensmith
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Pub Date 05 Nov 2013 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2015
In Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, we meet the characters and learn how to make everything from rocket launchers to soda-powered vehicles. Learning about science has never been so dangerous—or so much fun!
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Average rating from 28 members
I love seeing science books, especially for children, especially featuring girls or women - and this is great! It did seem to start a bit slowly, but even at the very beginning I found myself wanting the kids around to read aloud to them. Great book!
This is a great read-aloud for classrooms. It has a lot of "teachable moments" woven into the story flawlessly. Examples include: names of world places, important dates, math examples from experiments. This doesn't even include the HARD science included. Great book for incorporating all subjects into a fun story. Highly reccommended
Such a fun read! I was hooked from the first page and I can't wait to share this with my children and students. These books are Frank Einstein meets Wimpy Kid with fun drawing, science experiments and commentary throughout. In this first book in the series we meet Nick and Tesla - buddy adventurers and scientists. I can't wait to read more in the series.
Rated: 4.5 on the KART Kids Book Scale - Juniors ( 8 - 12 ) ~ 5 stars
My thoughts on the series:
This is a lot of fun. I am way out of the target age range, but I enjoyed the stories. Middle-grade detectives, crazy scientist uncle, and international intrigue all converge. The projects are the type that kids in the target group will enjoy—my (bright) third-grader can’t wait to try some out. The illustrations could be clearer for the technically inept such as myself. However, there are videos available, as well as other cool information, at http://www.nickandtesla.com . It’s an entertaining website—fun even if you don’t have the books. Overall, though, the instructions are fairly clear and the parts needed are not too exotic. The earlier books give Radio Shack part numbers—alas, Radio Shack is no more.
The characters themselves range in believability. Nick and Tesla interact like real children. Other characters are more stereotypical, stock characters. However, the intended audience is not generally looking for sophisticated literary material. The characters, overall, are entertaining. There could be more female characters—beyond Tesla, the female characters tended to be minor. There are characters of color.
Possible objectionable material: Squeaky clean, no cursing. Some perilous situations, kids sneaking out at night, and somewhat oblivious adults.
Who would like these books: Kids with an interest in science and inventing, and their adult helpers. Fans of mysteries, adventure, and spy stories. Approximate lexile: 750.
Thank you, NetGalley, for the advance reader e-books.
If you are looking for a story that combines adventure and science then this series is definitely what you are looking for. The kids and I enjoy reading this and trying to create science experiments together. It makes for a fun and educational library program.
Oh. My. Goodness. I absolutely loved this book! I wish I would have been able to read it when I was younger. It was a fun story full of mystery, adventure, quirkiness, and SCIENCE! Honestly, as soon as I read the description of the book I was hooked, and I was most definitely not disappointed. Nick and Tesla are such wonderful characters with traits to be admired as well as having a great relationship with each other. Plus, I absolutely love that this isn't labeled a 'girl book' or a 'boy book'- such distinctions have always seemed ridiculous. And it refreshing to see there be children of both genders equally encouraged in a pursuit, especially in inventing and science- fields that are typically dominated by men.
I have to say I am envious of Nick and Tesla. Though I have loved science and understanding how things worked since I was young- I, like most kids, never had the opportunity to invent (or to be more precise, following directions similar to the ones in the book) or really feel like my interests were something I could actively pursue.
Honestly, I can't wait until I have kids- I will most definitely buy them the whole series and (with my supervision) we'll make all those wonderful inventions. I have always wanted my future children to feel encouraged, particularly in academic pursuits, and the Nick and Tesla series is absolutely perfect for helping to create that environment. I will most definitely be recommending this series. My appreciation for these aspects of the book aside, the story was fantastic.. I can't wait to find out more about Albert and Martha Holt and their mysterious 'soybeans' and I hope that we haven't seen the last of Uncle Newt and his hilariously wrong renditions of classic Christmas songs in the middle of summer.
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