Einstein the Class Hamster

Einstein the Class Hamster

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Einstein the class hamster is from a long line of class hamsters. He knows lots of cool facts about science, art, and history--maybe even more than their sleepy teacher, Ms. Moreno. The class has a chance to compete in a trivia-game-show contest. But how can they get ready for the contest if Ms. Moreno keeps taking naps instead of teaching? More important, how can Einstein help the class prepare for the contest when the only kid who can hear him is Ned?Janet and Jake Tashjian team up in this hilarious new chapter book series starring the lovable walking encyclopaedia, game show-obsessed Einstein.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2013
ISBN: 9781250079664
Branch Call Number: J FIC Tashj
Characteristics: 148 pages : col. ill
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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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