My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Out of the huge stack of books my boys collected at the ALA conference last week, this was the very first one that Mr. E (10) picked up and devoured. I know why. With science gadgets you wish were real, a secret club with a way cool hideout/lab in a hidden basement, and three underdog kids saving the world from an evil genius–all told in a graphic novel format by the creator of the Geisel-honor Stinky, no less–it basically screams “boy book!” But even better, it lived up to all Mr. E’s expectations because he wasn’t letting go of it until he got to the last page.
When I got my hands on it, I had to agree with him. Besides all the cool stuff mentioned above, there’s lots of humor and details in the illustrations and three main characters who, despite their outward differences, really let their mutual love for science shine through. (There are really not enough books out there where the science stars and math whizzes get to be the heroes.)
Can’t wait to put it on my library shelves and watch other kids snatch it up.