Oh No!: (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)
Mac Barnett & Dan Santat
Hyperion, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
cience is really my best subject, so when I entered the school science fair I fully expected to win. Of course, I did get the First Place ribbon but, boy oh boy, did I make a mistake.
lever is my middle name but this time I was way too clever. Why? Because I constructed a robot. He was really pretty cool but he had some Frankenstein qualities too and because I left a few things out, I couldn't control him.
really didn't think my robot would go berserk or go on a rampage after the awards ceremony. But, alas, he did. Giving him a superclaw, a laser eye and the power to control dogs' minds wasn't a swift idea either.
ventually, I realized something had to be done about my out-of-control robot. I shouted, '
Hey, Robot! Knock it off already!
' But that didn't really work.
ext, I held up a sign saying, '
Cut it out, Buster!
' Did that do the trick? Nope! I had forgotten to teach my robot to read. Then I hit him on the foot with a big sledge hammer. Nothing! Darn. I remembered I didn't program him to feel pain either.
ertainly I made a few mistakes when I made my robot, but I suddenly had a great idea. I took a toad I had at home in a jar and worked day and night in my lab transforming him into a humongous creature that could attack and destroy the runaway robot.
ventually, Toad was ready so I let him face off against the robot. '
' I shouted. Well, that was good-bye, robot. Everything worked out nicely except for one little problem. That darn toad was now a little out of control! Oh well, I guess I'll have to go back to my lab to figure something else out!
et me assure you that this is not a scary picture book. In fact, it is actually pretty funny. If you are three years of age or older you'll probably like it a lot, although I think older kids will get more of a kick out of it.
you might want to invent something or work on a project you can take to school. Just be careful, though. You wouldn't want to repeat the mistakes I did by not thinking the project all the way through.
e very careful if you decide to use the plans and diagrams inside my book's cover for making a robot or transforming a toad because we know what can go wrong if you make a mistake!
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