Gravity Buster: Journal 2 of a Cardboard Genius

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In Alex Archer's previous journal, Star Jumper, he revealed how his amazing cardboard spacecraft was tragically destroyed during a pillow fight with his little brother Jonathan. Alex knows that all geniuses encounter a setback now and then, yet this setback has only spurred him on to even greater achievements. Alex's new spaceship is twice the size of the old one and is equipped with many astonishing features, such as a telescope that can see around the universe and an electromagnetic shield stronger than ...
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In Alex Archer's previous journal, Star Jumper, he revealed how his amazing cardboard spacecraft was tragically destroyed during a pillow fight with his little brother Jonathan. Alex knows that all geniuses encounter a setback now and then, yet this setback has only spurred him on to even greater achievements. Alex's new spaceship is twice the size of the old one and is equipped with many astonishing features, such as a telescope that can see around the universe and an electromagnetic shield stronger than Superman's cape! But will Zoe Breen want to be Alex's co-pilot when he leaves Earth and goes galaxy-hopping? And what about Alex's rotten little brother? Does Jonathan really want to drive Alex stark-raving mad? Or is he just looking for some big brother attention? Find out the answers to all these questions and more as the cardboard genius unleashes his brainchild -- the Gravity Buster -- and defies the laws of physics! But who will bring him back down to Earth?
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The combination of imaginative science and family humor should have strong appeal to children.

The combination of imaginative science and family humor should have strong appeal to children.

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
In this sequel to Star Jumper (in which he created a spaceship from cardboard boxes in order to escape from his annoying younger brother Jonathan), Alex is constructing a new and improved intergalactic spaceship. The only thing this new model needs is some kind of anti-gravity device. Two coat hangers, a Wiffle Ball, and an old waffle iron later, Alex has done it—he's created the Gravity Buster belt! As he says, "It's truly incredible what you can do with a few ordinary household items and the world's most amazing brain!" But will Jonathan ruin Alex's inventions once again? And will Alex's friend Zoe agree to accompany him on the new Star Jumper's maiden voyage? Asch's clever, easy-to-read chapter book introduces physics and astronomy concepts playfully, and manages to mix reality and science fiction in a way that will leave kids asking, "Did Alex really travel to Jupiter? Or was that just his imagination?" Framed as entries in Alex's journal (complete with line drawings of his inventions), much of the tongue-in-cheek humor embedded in Alex's self-congratulatory narration will likely escape kids, however,
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5 - The young inventor featured in Star Jumper(Kids Can, 2006) returns in a second novel full of amazing contraptions and humorous escapades. This time, the self-proclaimed "Boy Supergenius" perfects his spaceship and develops several other handy gadgets along the way. His primary materials are cardboard, duct tape, and other household supplies, and his major challenge is the interference of Jonathan, his pesky little brother. Alex's spirited narration conveys his earnest enthusiasm while inviting readers to smile at his assorted mishaps. Lighthearted interplay between brothers successfully drives the plot along with the series of inventions. An otherwise typical sibling argument, for instance, occurs after Jonathan cuts off his brother's left foot (painlessly and temporarily) with the Quantum Sword that Alex just built from magnets, a paper clip, and other items. The older boy gradually realizes that Jonathan is pretty clever in his own way, and agrees to take him along on his next outer-space adventure. Alex's creations are far-fetched, but they involve basic principles of science and logical problem solving, which make the results especially satisfying. Numerous black-and-white drawings contribute to the premise that the book is a scientist's journal and also match the text's whimsical tone. The combination of imaginative science and family humor should have strong appeal to children.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554530687
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 352,868
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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