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Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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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. SLJ"
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. Kirkus"
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mac Barnett and Dan Santat are a winning combination in this story of a science project run amuck. Most of the story was told in Santat's illustrations. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cathryn Wellner
Disappointing. We are big Mac Barnett fans, and this book just doesn't compare at all to Mustache, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, or Extra Yarn in terms of storyline and captivating the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by inkling
Illustrations are beautifully done but the storyline is less than basic. Very little words and barely a story. Will be returning this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Megan
We love this book; it is one of our (3 and 6) year old boys' favorites. It's also fun as a parent to read it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TriangleMelissa
Well, not what I was looking fro. 2nd graders need words, not mostly great pictures.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
My Grandaughter LOVES this series of books.......the artwork is beautiful. She and I will sit and read the book but always search the pages for new things we had not seen yet. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Susannah327
I thought this book had an interesting premise, but it doesn't have very much of a story to support it. Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I love that the main character is a smart, strong inventor. She makes a robot for the science fair but it gets away from her and starts destroying the city so she has to try and... Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by PipersMom