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The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat
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The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat

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by Paul Tobin
 

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Every Friday the 13th, 6th grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible.

As Nate and his new (well, only) friend Delphine race to stop Proton from crushing everyone and

Overview

Every Friday the 13th, 6th grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible.

As Nate and his new (well, only) friend Delphine race to stop Proton from crushing everyone and everything in town, they come face-to-face with Sir Jakob Maculte (the twenty-seventh lord of Mayberry Castle and leader of the nefarious Red Death Tea Society). Known for its criminal activity, killer tactics, and impressive tea brewing skills, the Red Death Tea Society will do anything to get in their way.

Nate and Delphine must pull out every mind-blowing gadget, half-perfected invention, and unproven but theoretically sound strategy they've got up their sleeves in order to survive to see Saturday the 14th!

Eisner winner Paul Tobin's extraordinarily madcap middle grade debut features black and white illustrations from film talent Thierry Lafontaine and is the first of five novels in the series.

Awards for Bandette
Winner, Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic
Winner, IndieFab Award - Bronze, Graphic Novels & Comics

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Middle grade readers, future inventors, and adventure-seekers will enjoy Nate and Delphine's encounters in this The Genius Factor title. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"This odd couple prove that teamwork works, and news of a sequel will likely be met with applause." - Booklist

"Aimed equally at boys and girls . . . This winning, consistently funny, smartly silly adventure could be one of Nate's kooky gadgets, a middle-grade reading attractor." —Kirkus Reviews

"Tobin uses humor and great imagination to offer younger middle grade readers a delightful romp that will appeal to fans of madcap adventure . . . . Ideal for book clubs. The easy flow of dialogue and vocabulary will help build fluency and keep readers’ attention." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Laura Dekle
Delphine Cooper is what one might call “a mess.” She is curious and creative and often frustrates her mother with the results of her adventures. Enter Nate Bannister, class genius, who is too smart for his own good—sometimes he makes things more complicated than they need to be just to give himself a challenge. Nate decides that he and Delphine are going to be friends, and together, they seek to save the city from Nate’s cat, which he enlarged and made invisible (an example of one of those things he did just for fun). The plot mainly covers the single-day adventure of Nate and Delphine as they save the city. Over the course of the day, Nate learns that there is no formula for friendship, and Delphine learns that even though Nate is quirky and unlike anyone she knows, he needs the love of a friend just as much as any other person. The story is delightful and engaging. The writing is clever and hilarious. How to Capture an Invisible Cat is a worthwhile read and laugh-out-loud funny. Reviewer: Laura Dekle; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
12/01/2015
Gr 3–6—In this quick and fun series starter, Tobin uses humor and great imagination to offer younger middle grade readers a delightful romp that will appeal to fans of madcap adventure. Genius inventor Nate and his best friend, Delphine, find themselves in a bit of a pickle on Friday the 13th, when Nate turns his pet cat invisible—and gigantic. Events escalate with the additions of a talking Scottie dog and an evil "Red Death Tea Society." Nate is a lovable underdog and nerd, while Delphine faces issues with friendship and social interactions—themes that will resonate with kids. VERDICT Ideal for book clubs. The easy flow of dialogue and vocabulary will help build fluency and keep readers' attention.—Tracey Wong, P.S. 54/Fordham Bedford Academy, Bronx, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2015-12-08
Sixth-graders Delphine and Nate, aided by Nate's talking dog, Bosper, evade the Red Death Tea Society, an evil organization that excels at both death and brewing, while trying to capture Proton, the family cat, which Nate made both gigantic and invisible. Delphine Cooper, the likable Everygirl who narrates Tobin's absurdly funny, gadget-filled adventure, is pretty, with ordinary brains and a million friends. Nate Bannister, her comic foil, is an eccentric loner who also happens to be an off-the-charts genius. And Bosper—well, except for his tendency to fart, he's the best dog ever. The premise of the series is that every Friday the 13th, Nate does three dumb things that Delphine helps him to rectify. Although this series opener goes on too long, the comic circumstances Tobin creates are imaginative and funny: the supersized catnip incense burner Nate sets up to attract Proton also attracts every other cat in the neighborhood, creating further complications for Delphine, who is dressed as a very large mouse at the time. Both of the heroes in this series, which is aimed equally at boys and girls, are neatly characterized, and it's clear why they become friends. Both are white in Lafontaine's illustrations. This winning, consistently funny, smartly silly adventure could be one of Nate's kooky gadgets, a middle-grade reading attractor. (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619638402
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Series:
Genius Factor Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
573,395
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Tobin lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the Eisner-award-winning author of a multitude of comics for such publishers as Marvel, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, as well as the novel Prepare to Die!, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Most recently, Paul and his wife, artist Colleen Coover, won the Eisner Award for their ongoing series Bandette, which also placed on YALSA's 2014 "Best Graphic Novels for Teens" list.

Paul is one of the two head writers for the Angry Birds comics, and is also writing episodes for the upcoming season of Angry Birds cartoon shorts. (He further rounds out his domination of iPhone games by writing the Plants vs. Zombies comics.) His other current projects include the Adventure Time: Flip Side series, combining the worlds of Prometheus/Aliens/Predator in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics/Ridley Scott, and continuing work on his award-winning horror series Colder, which is up for a Bram Stoker award.

www.paultobin.net

Thierry Lafontaine is a character designer and illustrator for film and publishing. He is also the instructor for the Imaginism Studios In-House Workshop atelier program. Thierry lives, works, and teaches in Toronto.

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The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Paul Tobin's new series, The Genius Factor. The two main characters are Nate Bannister, the rich genius, and his only friend Delphine. Both of these kids are in sixth grade and Delphine is extremely popular and funny, while Nate is an outsider with no friends. Every Friday the 13th Nate does three not so smart things. This year he made his cat into a giant, made him invisible, then deconstructed the formula to change him back and put sections of it on seven different people or things. Unfortunately, his cat, Proton, has escaped and is destroying the city. Nate convinces Delphine to help him collect the parts of the formula to change Proton back. With a talking dog, a car reminiscent of Kit from Night Rider and other gadgets and gizmos, they embark on an adventure to capture the gigantic invisible cat and change him back. Time is limited with Nate's nemesis, the Red Death Tea Society, on their heels trying to stop them and intimidate Delphine. With Nate's brain and inventions along with Delphine's fast thinking, they manage to keep their town, friends, and family safe. Action abounds in this story. With spunk, sarcasm, and spontaneity protagonist Delphine tells the story and shares her inner thoughts and feelings with the reader. After the adventure, Nate settles back in to his mild mannered persona, and Delphine begins to feel a little guilty about this which is also a good lesson for the reader about the way some eccentric or different children may be treated in a school. Middle grade readers, future inventors, and adventure seekers will enjoy Nate and Delphine's encounters as they solve puzzles and pursue the runaway cat. There are five books planned for this series and you can see with this ending where the next one may go. I would definitely recommend that this book be in school and public libraries. I think those reluctant readers would really enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.