Review: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage – Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith

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Title: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage
Author: Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Series: Nick and Tesla #2
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Source/Format: Publisher / Hardcover, 224 pages
Opening Sentence: “Nick was in the lab in the basement making a volcano with vinegar and dish-washing liquid.”
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Nick and Tesla return in an all-new, robot-filled adventure!

When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they’ll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos! In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four different droids out of ordinary household objects—and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them, too! Make bristlebots that buzz, hoverbots that float above the ground, battlebots that duke it out, and more! Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind—and foil his army of rampaging robots—before it’s too late?

Guys! I hope you like science experiments and kids with perseverance and lots of wits, because that’s exactly what you get in Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

I just can’t start off this review any other way than saying how enjoyable Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage was to read. I really enjoyed Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab when I was reading it and was super stoked to read this next installment.

Right from the very beginning the reader is thrown into the sort of hectic lives of Nick and Tesla who are, as ever, very persistent and witty. Super smart, throughout the book they build robots (cool!) not only for fun, but also to help them in trying to catch a thief. As if that alone isn’t cool enough, there are instructions included so that the reader can build some awesome robots as well.

Cool science and robotics aside, the story itself is engaging and fun to read. Following Nick and Tesla as they try to catch a mysterious robber is equal parts exciting and distressing. Are they going to get themselves in over their heads or is everything going to pan out fine? And will they solve the mystery? I can tell you right now that I NEVER guessed who was behind the robberies in Half Moon Bay. It came as a total shock to me.

I don’t know, you guys. An enthralling mystery, cool projects you can do yourself, and some amazing (and rather perceptive) kids equals up to be a whole lot of awesome contained in one book. Add in the great illustrations scattered throughout and I couldn’t recommend this book any more. Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage was so much fun to read, and with an ending like that I’m making grabby hands at the next installment in the series.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reviews from the rest of the series:
High Voltage Danger Lab (#1)
Secret Agent Gadget Battle (#3)

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