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Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage

"Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself" by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith due out February 4, 2014

“Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself” by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith due out February 4, 2014

Quirk Books newest installment of Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith Nick and Tesla series is due to hit the bookstores tomorrow, February 4th, 2014. Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage picks up on the further adventures of twins Nick and Tesla Holt as they stay with their Uncle Newt in Half Moon Bay, California while their parents are in Uzbekistan (or so they have been told!). Set a week after the events of Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, Nick and Tesla are starting to get bored staying with their eccentric uncle and bright kids and boredom are NEVER a good combo!

As the cover states, “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 book introduces some new characters and builds a little more on characters we’ve already met. We also see a variety of robots both very sophisticated and others that the reader can reproduce themselves. The book, once again, is chock full of projects that young aspiring scientist can build for themselves (with a little help from their parents). Instructions for robots such as “semi-invisible bottle bot, robo-roach crawling toys, robo-angel bots,” and more fill the pages in detailed and easy to follow instructions.

The mystery around the robots builds very steadily through the story and in a twist that had even me guessing, it kept it going right up until the end. The ending only brings more questions about what’s going on with Nick and Tesla’s parents and give a great lead up to the next story!

Pflugfelder and Hockensmith deliver yet again on a great story with a lot of clever projects to keep middle school aged kids (and their parents) busy through these cold snowy days!

Book details:

  • Available as an ebook
    E-Book ISBN:
    978-1-59474-663-5
  • ISBN:
    978-1-59474-649-9
  • Book Dimensions:
    5×7
  • Page Count:
    208
  • Release Date:
    February 4, 2014
  • Book Price:
    $12.95
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