Friday, May 4, 2012

Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers

Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers (Benjamin Franklinstein #2)
Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012
$12.99, Hardcover
April 3rd, 2012

Genre: Mystery
Age: 8+
Description: Victor and Scott are trying to help Ben learn about what happened to the members of MOP. When they finally receive a message they meet up with a young girl, Jaime, who informs them that the MOP custodians are disappearing all over the world, including her parents. They soon uncover a sinister plot involving the Mysterious Emperor who is controlling other famous scientists, including the newly reawakened Wright Brothers who are displaying some startling symptoms reminiscent of vampires. But vampires don’t exist do they? Soon many of the townsfolk are talking about large bats in the night sky and the mayor herself appears to be under a spell. Can Victor, Scott, and Ben stop a sinister plan from becoming a reality?
Opinion: First, I actually love the format of this book! It is slim but there is a black square border around every page set-up kind of like an old-fashioned journal. It actually says “page” on the bottom. There are illustrations included throughout the book and at the beginning of every chapter. Since Ben is a scientist lots of things they discuss (like the machine that kept him in suspended animation) are drawn up as scientific diagrams and charts. I like how this series is combining the historical with fiction and supernatural elements. The third entry they will encounter Thomas “Deadison”—I wonder if he’ll be a zombie!

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