Big brother Tin must rescue his wandering little sister.
Tin is supposed to watch Nickel, but he is distracted by his comic book. Alerted by his dog, Zinc, he sees her floating away, clutching the string of a red balloon. Unable to reach her from the highest branch of a tall tree, he continues the chase by bicycle all the way to the city. Further adventures ensue with a brave leap from the top of a tall building and a breathless drop when the balloon pops. Enter elephants and giraffes and other safari park animals, and another chase develops as Nickel keeps on moving, to be ultimately rescued and restored to Tin by a park ranger. Watchful readers will notice a complication that indicates that there might be more fun to come. Judge maintains a fast-paced narration that careens through the adventure in short, action-packed sentences. The characters’ names are the only textual hint at the clever twist on a familiar plot. It is only in the illustrations that readers discover that all the characters except for the safari park animals are robots. They inhabit a delightfully detailed futuristic society depicted in geometric shapes and strong ultrabright hues with the appeal of a tiny-tot video game. Text and illustrations work in harmony, with each element enhancing the other.
Just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-8)