This new series from “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith fuses Blyton-esque kids mystery with scientific shenanigans providing hours of fun for your 9-12 year-olds.
Nick and Tesla (I hereby decree that a least one reader must name their future son and daughter thusly) are 11-year-old siblings caught up in one of the most formulaic of children’s fiction scenarios: parents mysteriously despatched, sent to live with eccentric genius uncle.
However our authors have cleverly modified the formula to include some clever science experiments to spice things up and assist our intrepid tween team solve the mystery they have inadvertently stumbled on while exploring their new neighbourhood and also trying to discover the real reason they have been sent to stay with Uncle Newt.
Each story in the series includes 5 detailed illustrated projects for the reader to try ranging from soda-powered mini vehicles and improvised burglar alarms to electromagnets and rocket launchers (relax, nothing too dangerous!).
The plot is fun, educational and interesting and our heroes are an engaging pair who use their wits and scientific know-how to get themselves out of all sorts of seemingly impossible situations, occasionally befriending and recruiting the local kids to help and always looking out for each other, while also making sure Uncle Newt doesn’t accidentally cause havoc with his own crazy experiments.
If your kids have even a passing interest in science, this is a great way to develop their curiosity. The experiments are simple and fun (word of warning though, some are messy and will need supervision!) and they’ll love the troublesome-yet-endearing characters and their exciting adventures.
Out now from Quirk Books