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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423123123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423123125
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 This graphic novel in picture-book form will appeal to the Captain Underpants set. A young girl builds a robot for the science fair, but things get crazy when it goes on a rampage through the city. That's when she realizes that she forgot to give it any skills that would allow it to understand her commands to stop. She creates a giant toad monster to fight the robot but the toad has its own problems. Santat's Photoshop illustrations propel the story far more than the text, and the dialogue balloons, dramatic perspectives, and graphic style bring a true comic-book sensibility to this funny story that's loaded with child appeal. Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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*star review* Santat and Barnett collaborate seamlessly on this slapstick adventure about a pigtailed, bespectacled science fair entrant trying unsuccessfully to control her prize-winning robot. "I probably shouldn't have given it a superclaw, or a laser eye, or the power to control dogs' minds," she sighs as she watches the metallic monster storm across her city. Barnett's (Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem) telegraphic text packs wicked humor into economical, comic book-style lines, while Santat's (Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo) skylines pay homage to old monster movies. In one scene, the robot looms Godzilla-like, railroad car in hand, over an urban Japantown; another sequence is viewed through its fish-eye lens, with crosshairs trained on its creator. When the robot reacts with fury to the girl's futile attempts to stop it ("I should have given it ears," she laments), the girl and text become blurred, testimony to the impact of its stomps. Blueprints for the robot and the genetically altered toad she deploys to defeat it are included on the endpapers, but, kids, don't try this at home! Ages 3-7. (June) --Publisher's Weekly

*star review* Santat's brilliantly hued digital illustrations are the perfect foil for Barnett's almost-wordless tale of a science project gone awry. When the bespectacled heroine surveys the post-apocalyptic opening scene, the speech bubbles tell the tale--"Oh no...oh man...I knew it." Like a 1950s B-movie, complete with the widescreen boundaries, the drama of her prize-winning robot stalking New York is one part cautionary tale and many parts over-the-top humor. When she screams, "HEY, ROBOT! KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY!" the page turn shows her shaky, understated realization, "I should have given it ears." In a world where technology progresses rapidly and consequences are often not anticipated, this lesson in "I should have" is subtle, never preachy and always action-packed. Comic-book, picture-book and movie styles come together in a well-designed package that includes a movie poster on the reverse side of the jacket, an old-time computation book as the inside cover and detailed scientific drawings on the endpapers. The Japanese subtitles and translations on the pages before the title add to the fun. The only thing missing are the 3-D glasses! A must-have. (Picture book. 4-10) --Kirkus

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Good humor that you and your kid will enjoy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for this new breed of children's book author/illustrator we're seeing these days. It's a genre without a name. We're seeing a lot of picture books these days that engage kids, but also turn on their heads classic picture book forms. It started with books like "The Stinky Cheese Man" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and now includes titles like "Pssst!" or "The Purple Kangaroo" or "Guess Again!". "Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)" is just the latest addition to a fast growing genre hereby dubbed Juvie Satire, and it is the creation of two of the genre's kings. Author Mac Barnett burst on the children's literary scene running as fast as his legs could take him, and illustrator Dan Santat glides right along side him, painting every dog, cat, and chicken that happens to cross his path. Alone, they are impressive. Combined, they may well be either unstoppable or too wacked out for the average child's mind to handle. Let's hope for the former.

We enter this story midway through the action. As our heroine says, "Oh no . . . oh, man . . . I knew it." Next thing we know she's facing the retreating back of a mechanical wonder on the rampage. Says she, "I never should have built a robot for the science fair.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are truly the star in this book. The spare text fills in just enough information to take the reader along through the pictures, while also providing the cool extras on the endpapers. The robot diagrams and the Japanese(?) subtitles only add to the monster movie charm and will entice many a young boy (or girl) into thoughts of building their own robot. The pictures here give the impression of an animated feature film and make the story clearly reminiscent of classic Godzilla movies. Many will cringe at the robots antics and cheer when the hastily built robot Toad saves the day... or does he? There is room for a sequel, a cartoon, any number of things. I want to know what happens to that Toad after he goes off chasing airplanes! This will generate lots of re-reads because there's just so much to look at here.

I imagine this will find a perfect home with any child 4-8 years. Not a lot of reading required, just a bit of imagination. Don't think it will work well in a group sharing, just because it relies so heavily on the pictures, but that might just be my bias. It's a really nice vibrant large format that is sure to attract small hands. Don't miss this truly unique monster movie. Oh, I mean picture book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Duray on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We checked this out from the Bookmobile two weeks ago, and from the moment she pulled it from the shelf, she has been completely captivated by this book. My daughter is a pre-reader, meaning that she recognizes many sight words and can do some basic phonetics with words she doesn't recognize. She also has a keen interest in all things science. After two weeks, she has all the words memorized.

I agree this isn't really a story-time book, due to the format, but she is so very happy to thumb through this book independently. We have taken this book on countless trips in the car and she sits there, quietly contemplating the story over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott L. on July 16, 2010
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The artwork in this book is phenomenal. Although now that my daughter is 8 this is a quick read for her, she still enjoys it as do I(her 38 year old geeky father).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mac Barnett is my kind of author -- quirky. And he seems to get the best illustrators in children's literature.

Oh No! is a blast from the very beginning -- look at the cover! The giant robot and the giant toad reflected in the awed-eyed girl's glasses. The inside-side of the cover is an illustration, too -- check it out.

There are Japanese movie subtitles that go with the graphic style, and the girl's casual approach to stopping the calamity she has unleashed -- determined but not panicky -- it is really funny. Big kids love this. 6th graders, 7th graders -- this is very relatable. But my little kids love it, too.

The insides of the covers on this hardcover book are dynamite -- the blueprints for the creations are printed there. You will have some kids that just read the story book and laugh, and then you will have other kids that read every single word on those covers ... and then try to build the same thing. You should see my living room right now.

Mac Barnett is this week's hero -- we'll be creating stuff all through this Labor Day weekend.

(Also try Mini Grey's "Traction Man" books.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Devushka on March 18, 2014
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I LOVED that Oh No! had a plot that involves a girl being the creator of a robot and all kinds of fantastical creations, spotlighting her as a can-do engineering type, a very healthy and refreshing portrait of young girls these days!!

Unfortunately, I found that the amount of text (only about 1 sentence per page) left much to be desired. The illustrations are very complex, I found myself lingering on the beautiful, multilayered pictures about 5 times longer than on the story, which was a bit too simple (reading with a 1st grader). It was over too soon, and I still felt we missed many connections between the dots the story provides. Nonetheless, an enjoyable book that she will keep around on her bookshelf for the lovable and ingenious protagonist.

+4 for girls creating robots
+3 for incredibly enjoyable illustrations
-2 for overly simple text
-1 for not seizing the opportunity to go further with the plot
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