Monday, October 6, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday Mash-up: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Frank Einstein

For today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I would like to share two brand new books. One I had to read as soon as it was released and the other is the first in a new middle grade series that my son enjoyed.

LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS - A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by: Yona Zeldis McDonough with illustrations by Jennifer Thermes
Christy Ottaviano Books 2014

From Goodreads:
Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It’s a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

What can I say? This is a wonderful companion to the "Little House" books and can even serve as a great introduction to the entire series. I definitely recommend!



FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR: Book One
by: John Scieszka with illustrations by Brian Biggs
Amulet Books 2014

From Goodreads:
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.

My nine-year-old enjoyed the first book in this new series and is looking forward to the next book coming out in early 2015. He enjoyed the robot characters and all the action. Definitely sounds like a fun book for boys!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great week!