THE CASE OF THE BATTLING BOTS by Liam O’Donnell

THE CASE OF THE BATTLING BOTS

From the "Tank & Fizz" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 9 - 11
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Young sleuths stumble on a demonic conspiracy to blow the lid off Slick City’s new sports arena. Just for a start.

Goblin Fizz Marlow and troll gearhead Tank Wrenchlin are convinced that slimeball schoolmate Rizzo Rawlins’ supposedly homemade battle bot illegally incorporates professional-grade code and components. Their search for proof leads them and elven trainee wizard Aleetha to several puzzles. Who is the mysterious “Codex,” and why is he (or she) supplying Rizzo as well as hacking Slick City’s computer systems to threaten disaster if the just-finished Slurp Stadium is opened for the upcoming Battle Bot Cup? How did the stadium come to be built over a magic stone that could, as old maps hint, serve as a portal to demon worlds? What can a trio of fourth-graders do, opposed by corrupt officials, a bully with a pair of hulking hench-ogres, and a local business tycoon with—as it turns out—a high-tech hand-held demon controller? Well, plenty, though not without a few missteps, help from a surprising temporary ally, and lots of climactic bot-smashing. In a slick mix of narrative blocks and panels of nonscary monsters delivering punch lines in dialogue balloons, the exploit careens along to a triumphant close.

High-energy high jinks in a multicultural, or at least multispecies, setting. (Graphic/mystery/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0813-3
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Orca
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2015




MORE BY LIAM O’DONNELL

ChildrenTHE CASE OF MAKER MISCHIEF by Liam O’Donnell
by Liam O’Donnell
ChildrenTHE CASE OF THE SNACK SNATCHER by Liam O’Donnell
by Liam O’Donnell
ChildrenTHE CASE OF THE SLIME STAMPEDE by Liam O’Donnell
by Liam O’Donnell

MORE BY MIKE DEAS

ChildrenTHE CASE OF THE SLIME STAMPEDE by Liam O’Donnell
by Liam O’Donnell
ChildrenI, WITNESS by Norah McClintock
by Norah McClintock

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTROLL OVERBOARD by Rob Harrell
by Rob Harrell
ChildrenINVASION OF THE DOGNAPPERS by Patrick Jennings
by Patrick Jennings