I’m about 80% sure that the main reason I picked up this book was because the Jim Henson company was behind getting it published. In retrospect, What’s the Matter with Newton? from the Franken-Sci High series by Mark Young and illustrated by Rustamn Hasanov doesn’t really remind me much of Jim Henson. That said, it was still a very cute and enjoyable read, though definitely for a younger audience.

A School for Mad Scientists

I’ll be honest, this is probably one of the goofiest books I’ve ever read. It was cute and certainly engaging, the sort of book I’m sure would keep many middle school readers quite engaged. It has some of the most adorable illustrations and seriously fascinating characters. The plot, admittedly, is somewhat meh-ish for older readers like myself, but I feel as though this is the sort of book that’s bound to become a childhood favorite.

Especially if you’re the sort who loves spooky science.

As a Series

In general, I wasn’t in love with this book. I think it’s fantastic, however, for young readers anywhere from 8-12. The book features a cast of diverse characters and some seriously excellent artwork. From what I can tell, there are various important messages included alongside the plot and overall the story-line is bound to keep kids quite engaged. What’s great is that there are already five books out in this series, with a sixth on the way.

If you’ve got a middle grade aged kid who loves monsters and science and all kinds of wild adventures, this one might be worth taking a look at.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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