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The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich Paperback – March 28, 2017
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“With an animated feel and its breakneck velocity, Bays' creation is an interesting marriage of print and digital comics and creates a multidimensional feel for young action aficionados.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Jason Bays is a man who cannot remember a time when art wasn’t what he was about. His aspirations were tutored by a drifter who took the time to show him how to draw in the back booth of his granny’s diner on Main Street in Amsterdam, Missouri. Rocketships and trains were good enough to get him his first gig drawing dinosaurs for his second grade play. Later he collected degrees in Illustration and Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, leading to a successful career in advertising while also giving rise to his desire to make reading more accessible for his kids.
Kid Rocket Studios is a Kansas City-based kid's entertainment company that develops, publishes, and markets branded children's entertainment properties for traditional, digital, and emerging media distribution channels. With a mission of "launching imaginations," the studio has developed a number of digital experiences. Their narrative, interactive comic, Kung Fu Robot, is their most far-reaching and popular.
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This book will change your life, even if you don't read it. I myself used it to deflect half a dozen throwing stars, and to distract a charging rhino... both on separate occasions of course. But ninjas on a rhino would be pretty cool. And on more than one instance i used to shield my eyes from seeing something embarrassing, which may or may not have been my own reflection.
Either way, you should, if anything, buy this book as a token of sympathy on the author. He needs help supporting his relentless robot drawing habit and his ongoing quest to butcher the english language every single day as he just tries to make himself laugh out loud as many times as humanly possible. So there that about covers it.
The plot is built entirely around the wonder, appeal and sheer awesomeness of peanut butter and jelly and kung fu sandwiches. (The kung fu comes in when you slap the two slices of bread together.) An evil chicken villain is stealing all of the peanut butter and jelly in the city, and Kung Fu Robot has to stop him. We start with an extended scene involving the making of a sandwich that turns out to be unacceptable because made with chunky peanut butter. So it's off to the grocery story, where we have a lengthy scene of android ninja fighting. Then we're off to the chicken's lair for a final decisive showdown. This sounds silly, and of course it is, but given the length of the book this really reads like at least three full graphic novellas collected in one volume. There is a lot of reading value here.
I appreciated that there isn't a single fart joke in the entire book. Actually, if anything there are many fairly sophisticated jokes, (many delivered by Marvin), and some of those lines could be entertaining for parents and older readers and might very well go over littler readers' heads. That's fine; I'd rather be stepping up in class than going down.
The drawing isn't traditional, but it isn't manga style. It's sort of disjointed and angular and expressionistic. But, it's almost always clear what's going on, which I guess is the most important thing.
The book invites the reader to download a phone app that makes the book interactive. I didn't test that, but I've seen it with other books and that does add a whole new dimension to the experience. Whether it's a good idea to tie a kid's book to a phone app and bring the whole phone deal into the reading equation is something, I suspect, that each person has to decide for himself.
So, this is good-natured, fun, funny, energetic and extremely fast paced. It struck me as a nice change from the usual fare and so might be worth a look. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I give the book 5 stars because the app added so much fun interactiveness, and because the book was hilarious!! I recommend this book to kids who love kung fu and PB&J sandwiches. P.S. After reading the book, I had to make my own PBJ. It was delicious!
This book is definitely aimed at younger readers, however parents may have double the fun when experiencing the adventures of the Kung Fu robot together with their fascinated kid.