Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
What do a pair of kid inventors with a knack for science and electronics do when Hollywood comes to town? Why save the day, of course!
In Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt find themselves on the set of a big-budget superhero movie. But someone’s sabotaging the onscreen debut of their favorite comic book hero, so the brother and sister sleuths must crack the case with the help of a fresh assortment of homemade special-effects gadgets. This cinematic saga features instructions for all-new movie magic projects that kids can build themselves, such as camera gear, stunt dummies, make-up magic, and more. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I have been binge reading the Nick and Tesla series, and greatly enjoying it. It brings something new to the middle grade genre. I recently decided to continue my binge read with the fifth book in the series, Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular. I greatly enjoyed this book, which doesn't surprise me.
Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular really brought something new to the series. Not only did the reader get to meet new characters that I really enjoyed; we also got to see all of the kids grow into their roles, and mature. Now, they are more confident in their decisions and mystery solving. Even Silas has matured quite a bit from the first book, although he still has his moments. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that the inventions felt less intricate. It felt very simplified, almost like a step down from the last couple of books.
I am so happy that I finally decided to pick up this series this year. I'd owned it for so long, and am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I love the series, but I especially loved this book in the series. I can't wait to read the last book, Nick and Tesla's Solar Powered Showdown, and see how things resolve. I especially want to learn what happens with the big mystery surrounding their parents, and to see if my theory is right.
I give Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: 4/5.
Want to know more about the authors?
Bob Pflugfelder Website: https://sciencebob.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sciencebob Twitter: https://twitter.com/sciencebob?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sciencebob/ Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/source/sciencebob.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sciencebob YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceBob
Steve Hockensmith Website: http://www.stevehockensmith.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.hockensmith.7 Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrHockensmith Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146628.Steve_Hockensmith
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.