Einstein

Einstein

1, The Class Hamster

Book - 2013
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Einstein, a very knowledgeable hamster, is desperate to help the students in his classroom win an audition for a televised trivia game show but, unfortunately, only one student, Ned, can hear him.
Publisher: New York :, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250079664
Branch Call Number: J TAS
Characteristics: 148 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Tashjian, Jake 1994-- Illustrator

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JCLChrisK Oct 20, 2014

While I am a lover of trivia, I was somewhat skeptical going into this book, worrying it might cross that very thin line into pedantic condescension, being more about selling the idea that learning is fun than telling a fun story. Fortunately, I found my worries largely misplaced. Giving Einstein a quiz show obsession proved a natural vehicle for sharing fun facts and information, and allowed for the story to unfold around that interest with a plot that made sense and organic character development. Of course, all of those elements occur within the context of the constant broad humor and silly illustrations, which combine with everything else to make an entertaining and fun package for young readers.

3.5 stars, tipped up to 4 to more strongly contrast against the 2 stars I gave the similar (and similarly named) recent title by Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (" . . . it takes what could have been a fun and zany story and makes it awkwardly pedantic, artificial, and ridiculously riddled with overly detailed science information . . . ").

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JCLChrisK Oct 20, 2014

There was nothing trivial about fun facts--any class hamster could tell you that.

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