Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder
2014, Quirk Books
Series: Book 2 of Nick and Tesla

Synopsis: When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos!

In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four different droids out of ordinary household objects—and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them, too! Make bristlebots that buzz, hoverbots that float above the ground, battlebots that duke it out, and more!

Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind—and foil his army of rampaging robots—before it's too late?

The Good: This book had a really fun mystery and lots of great robots kids can make. The instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. Nick and Tesla's escapades in Half Moon Bay continue to entertain. And things are just starting to heat up in the overall mystery of Nick and Tesla's parents.

The Bad: The wording in this book is a lot like the last one. While the vocabulary is basic enough, the phrasing is off. If it is noticeable to me, it will be frustrating to beginner readers who are getting the words right, but not quite understanding the concepts being discussed.

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