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A rollicking ride through twisty time with a brainy new hero we need to meet again. Great fun. (Robert Lipsyte, bestselling author of The Contender)
About the Author
Rich Cohen is a four-time New York Times bestselling author for such books as Tough Jews and When I Stop Laughing, You'll Know I'm Dead. He also writes for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Alex and the Amazing Time Machine is his first book for young readers.
I've purchased a hard copy of this book for a rent-a-kid, eleven years old, who is struggling a bit in school, but does like to read, and to be read to. We went through three of the chapters this afternoon, and he plans to bring the book back next Monday, complete we both hope and expect, with a written report. (It's not too soon to get him started in the book reviewing game, is it?)
From my adult perspective, this book read very smoothly aloud -- I haven't had any training as a reader and usually make a botch of all but the best written material. This went very well indeed and I'm sure he will do a good job. If he does, we will post his review as an addendum to this review next week.
Also from my adult perspective, I greatly enjoyed Rich Cohen's
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King and
Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams. Based on the three chapters we read together, and my speed reading of the remainder of Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, this youth oriented book (Cohen's first, I believe), rises to the same standard.
Best of all, the science in Alex and the Amazing Time Machine is very well researched indeed. A day or two before it was released, Cohen also released an Amazon Single called From Hither to Yon (Kindle Single), which I have read and reviewed. There is nothing in Alex and the Amazing Time Machine inconsistent with the science described in that Single.
There is also a sort of hoped for outcome here for me. Cohen describes how when Ron Mallett (the hero of Cohen's Single) was ten he came across an illustrated edition of H.G.Wells's The Time Machine (Dover Thrift Editions).Read more ›
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