NOVA'S ARK by David Kirk


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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Kirk (Miss Spider’s New Car, 1997, etc.) pens an incidental story—undeveloped, sentimental window-dressing—for brash metallic 3-D illustrations that may leave readers cold. Nova, a young and restless robot, enjoys making robotic animals inspired by his prized possession and ancient family heirloom, a wooden toy ark and its bestiary; he dreams of being with his father, Taspett, an intergalactic explorer in search of crystals to supply his planet’s energy. One day Nova hijacks a spaceship, only to crash it on a distant planet. There he builds a bestiary of his own from the broken parts of his ship, including a trumpeting beacon that attracts his father, who also crashes on the planet. Taspett expires, but Nova restores him with donated parts, including an elephant’s trunk, dog’s tail, and a crucial heart valve from Nova himself. They discover crystals critical to their planet’s survival, and return home heroes. It’s sentimental, long, and boring; readers will spend more time looking at the pictures than listening to the story, then they’ll simply move on. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-590-28208-5
Page count: 40pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1998


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