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Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Integrating real science facts with wacky humor, a silly cast of characters, and science fiction, this uniquely engaging series is an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers. With easy-to-read language and graphic illustrations on almost every page, this chapter book series is a must for reluctant readers. The Frank Einstein series encourages middle-grade readers to question the way things work and to discover how they, too, can experiment with science. In a starred review,Kirkus Reviewsraves, “This buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders,” whilePublishers Weeklysays that the series “proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful.”
Read all the books in theNew York Timesbestselling Frank Einstein series:Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor(Book 1),Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger(Book 2),Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo(Book 3), andFrank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt(Book 4). Visit frankeinsteinbooks.com for more information.
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The New York Times Book Reviewcalled Neal Stephenson's most recent novel "electrifying" and "hilarious". but if you want to know Stephenson was doing twenty years before he wrote the epicCryptonomicon, it's back-to-school time. Back to The Big U, that is, a hilarious send-up of American college life starring after years our of print,The Big Uis required reading for anyone interested in the early work of this singular writer.
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