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Boing-boing the Bionic Cat 2000 [Hardcover]

L. L. Hench , Ruth Denise Lear

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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 realisticunot fairytale-like. He couldn't find them; he was also dismayed to see scientists, professors, and engineers portrayed as evil, nutty, nerdy, absent-minded, etcanot 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 SocietyAs mission of education, and as Boing-Boing is made mostly of ceramic parts, heAs 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 Georgeuan engineeru 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!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat 25 July 2000
By Theresa Rominski - Published on Amazon.com
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boing Boing the Bionic Cat 13 April 2000
By Dawn Rose Galbo - Published on Amazon.com
The book is fun and believable. It's a little lengthy for a children's book. I read it to eight 5-9 year olds as part of a ceramic arts class and it kept the interest of only one boy (I think it would have kept the interest of more students if it wasn't sooo long.) I liked it though.
5.0 out of 5 stars About a young boy who wants a cat but is allergic 17 May 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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...).
2.0 out of 5 stars A fair attempt that falls short. 22 July 2011
By S. D. Bahlmann - Published on Amazon.com
The idea of this book is nice, but I wasn't able to appreciate the execution. My biggest issue is the combination of the text and images.

The layouts are messy, some illustrations are not on the same spread as the text they are meant to accompany. There are also pictures re-used in smaller versions...I guess to try and punch up the pages of just text. It would have been better to shorten the story, particularly the review of how the cat works, which we see as the professor creates the bionic cat, and again as he explains things to the boy he made it for.

Also, the text and illustrations don't seem to have been created for the same age groups. The illustrations are fine for young kids, but the story is too wordy. Older kids could appreciate the story, but might be turned off by the 'cutsy' illustrations.

It feels like a book created by people wanting to fill a niche, and for those wanting to read in that niche it serves it's purpose.
5.0 out of 5 stars The author mentions that (as he is an actual scientist) all of the traits of the bionic cat are based on actual science- an inve 21 July 2014
By Lee Anne - Published on Amazon.com
A lovely story of how a kindly neighbor helps a little boy by creating a robot cat that is hypo-allergenic. The author mentions that (as he is an actual scientist) all of the traits of the bionic cat are based on actual science- an inventive and fun way to integrate science and reading!
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