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When Larry Hench became a grandfather, he started looking for books to read to his grandchildren that taught science concepts in a fun and interesting way, without talking down, through stories that were realistic—not fairytale-like. He couldn't find them; he was also dismayed to see scientists, professors, and engineers portrayed as evil, nutty, nerdy, absent-minded, etc…not as real, caring, helpful human beings. Larry wanted children to see the excitement and process of science, and scientists and engineers as trustworthy, interesting, and fun people. So he decided to write his own stories to accomplish these goals. Enter Boing-Boing! Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat captures well the Society's mission of education, and as Boing-Boing is made mostly of ceramic parts, he's a perfect fit!
The plot synopsis of the book is as follows: Daniel, who loves cats but is allergic to them, is delighted when his inventive neighbor Professor George—an engineer— builds him a bionic cat with fiber-optic fur, computer-controlled joints, electronic eyes, and ceramic-sensor whiskers. It's just like a real cat, but Daniel is not allergic to it!
Customer Review: About a young boy who wants a cat but is allergic
Boing-Boing The Bionic Cat is an endearing and unusual children's picturebook by Larry L. Hench about a young boy who wants a cat but is allergic to them - so his engineer father builds him Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat. An enjoyable, whimsical story with gentle color illustrations by Ruth Denise Lear, Boing-Boing The Bionic Cat showcases the subtle and positive message that science and technology can be great fun. Boing-Boing The Bionic Cat is a simply wonderful story for kids ages 7 to 11. Also very highly recommended is the sequel, Boing-Boing The Bionic Cat And The Jewel Thief (1574981293...).
Customer Review: Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat
Our nine year-old son and eight year-old daughter absolutely loved this book! Our son is very intrigued with the way engineering and science work and this was crystal clear and fun to read. I could see the wheels in his mind turning as the book described Professor George creating Boing-Boing. The author portrayed the realistic response of a mother repeatedly asked for a pet, the gentle heart of an elderly man who just happens to be a very smart professor, and the caring of a son when his mother doesn't feel well. After both children read the book, they were excited to learn the back flap states there are to be subsequent books with the "invincible duo". We can't wait to buy them! Thank you, Mr. Hench and Ms. Lear, for creating such a wonderful story to stimulate the thoughts and hearts of our children!


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