07 May 2014
Review: Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself
Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself by Bob Pflugfelder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sometimes being an adult reader of middle grade books creates a pretty significant conundrum. The best way I can do this is detail my overall thoughts on this.
I liked that this was, at its core, a fun enough story involving science and adventure and mystery.
I also liked that the science involved was germane to the story and not just shoehorned in for the sake of science content. But...
I didn't love the fact that the science content almost felt like a Common Core play. Is it organic? Sure. This is where the "adult" reader comes into play, where a kid reading this would never be aware of it.
I questioned the need to even hint at a supernatural element with the girl, especially when the resolution lent itself to a more scientific solution that never arose.
I hate that I can't think of an eccentric scientific uncle without assuming it's Rick from Rick and Morty in my head.
Overall, a solid read and a fun little book in spite of my personal issues. I can see this having tremendous boy appeal, which is a great plus.
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