ROBOT FRENZY by Erik Craddock


From the "Stone Rabbit" series, volume 8
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Age Range: 6 - 10
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Stone Rabbit and friends face their most frightening nemesis yet right in their own hometown: a ginormous shark robot!

In his eighth graphic adventure, Stone Rabbit and his friends Henri Tortoise and Andy Wolf help Judy the (genius) bird make a float for the parade. There won’t be time for them to complete it, so she sets her army of robot teddy bears to work on it overnight under the supervision of Cheese and Broccoli, two robotic rabbits. Henri wants the float to be terrifyingly awesome instead of cute (the plan includes a dolphin surrounded by happy sea creatures), so he electromagnetizes Cheese and Broccoli to change their programming. The float turns out according to plans…until halfway through the parade, when Cheese rips off his fur and turns the float into a tornado-barfing, laser-eyed shark robot with a belly full of flame-thrower–bearing robot bears. They proceed to do what any self-respecting tornado-barfing, laser-eyed shark robot with a belly full of flame-thrower–bearing robot bears would do: attack the paradegoers. Can Stone Rabbit and friends save the town and maybe the world, or are we all doooomed?! Craddock continues the crack-brained, cartoon craziness with another cinematically illustrated graphic tale. The bright, action-packed panels and goofy story are just right for reluctant readers, as is the glossary at the close.

Readers new to the series will clamor for Stone Rabbit’s other outings; his fans will greet it eagerly. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)

Pub Date: June 25th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-375-86913-6
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2013


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