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ATOMIC ACE AND THE ROBOT RAMPAGE by Jeff Weigel

ATOMIC ACE AND THE ROBOT RAMPAGE

By Jeff Weigel (Author) , Jeff Weigel (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8075-0484-X
Publisher: Whitman

Having extolled the merits of his superhero father in Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad) (2004), a lad discovers that his mom has hidden talents too in this engaging follow-up. No sooner does his spandex-clad dad zoom off into space to deal with an incoming swarm of meteors than another swarm—this one of red-eyed robots sent by cyborg baddie Roboconqueror—bursts through his classroom window. It looks like curtains for sure, but rescue comes from an unexpected source as lightning-wielding Energy Angel swoops out of retirement to zap the metal marauders, and the sprout discovers that he has not one, but two superhero parents. Illustrated with brightly colored comics-style panels inset into larger scenes, this rhymed ruckus can be read with equal ease as a straightforward Pow!-Zap!-Save-the-Earth adventure or a tongue-in-cheek takeoff—especially as, in the end, after Mom’s return to active duty is expedited by a corps of robots rewired to do the domestic chores, Atomic Ace flies off with a wink. Shelve it next to Bob McLeod’s Superhero ABC (January 2006) and Ross MacDonald’s Another Perfect Day (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)