Nova's Ark Book and Toy Set

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Children will have hours of fun with this book and toy set, adapted from the original Nova's Ark. They will enjoy rebuilding the Nova toy by using the interchangeable mix-and-match magnetic joints.

Nova, a robot boy from the planet Roton, accidentally rockets himself into space during a class field trip and eventually stumbles across the energy source his planet needs for survival.

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Overview

Children will have hours of fun with this book and toy set, adapted from the original Nova's Ark. They will enjoy rebuilding the Nova toy by using the interchangeable mix-and-match magnetic joints.

Nova, a robot boy from the planet Roton, accidentally rockets himself into space during a class field trip and eventually stumbles across the energy source his planet needs for survival.

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The imagery for Nova's Ark has been conceived and executed in an extraordinary new way. Since the story and characters were designed to live in book, movie, and toy worlds, David Kirk has rendered his world in 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI), the same technique used in computer-animated feature films like "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life."

Kirk first makes a precise line drawing, then a concept color oil painting. Next Kirk, working with a team from Engineering Animation, Inc., the Iowa-based interactive developers for such companies as IBM, Hasbro, and Disney Interactive, builds digital models of the characters and scenes in wire frame. Texture mapping and lighting design follow, with finishing touches applied in 2-D paint software.

Children's Literature - Carol Lynch
Don't be fooled into expecting Miss Spider to show up here! Kirk has ventured into the science fiction genre with this story of a robot who finds himself stranded on a mystery planet after he wanders away during a class field trip. The plot is unremarkable and fairly predictable; what will command the most attention is the fascinating artwork that accompanies the story. Kirk uses computer-generated images in bold colors with 3-D qualities. The double-page spreads of spaceships that resemble sea creatures and the toy animals that Nova builds will surely elicit a flurry of exclamations. While Kirk may have tried too hard to include something that will appeal to everyone-humor, spaceships, robots, animals, a lost/found story, a dad/son experience-he has succeeded in producing illustrations that will be remembered.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The creator of the popular "Miss Spider" introduces Nova, a futuristic metal boy whose waterless planet of robots depends on energy-generating crystal for survival. Exploring distant space for this resource, his star-pilot father has entrusted his son with a family heirloom, a wooden ark and animals "carved by men before robots ever existed." During a class trip to the Space Center, Nova slips away from the group for a closer look at a spaceship. Soon, he is hurtling through space, and Kirk's story quickly falls apart. Somehow, the boy travels unharmed for months before crash-landing on a rocky moon. He builds a menagerie of animals and a huge "elephant ark" with the remains of his spaceship. Nova's father crashes on the same moon and the boy saves his life with body parts donated by his metal animals. Together, they discover a huge amount of crystal, ride the elephant ark home, and become heroes. This seemingly endless series of far-fetched coincidences and annoyingly artificial events destroy what might have been an enjoyable tale of family devotion. The book jacket notes that Kirk is working on a full-length animated film featuring Nova. Popping off the page in 3-D fashion, the neon- and metallic-colored illustrations seem ready-made for the big screen. Unfortunately, flat characters and a contrived plot make them appear more gimmicky than creative.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
New York Times Book Review
Nova's Ark, written and illustrated by David Kirk, was created entirely on a computer by a team of 150 artist-technicians, yet it never loses the feeling and essence of Kirk's beautiful oil paintings. The computer images have a greater amount of detail and three-dimesionality but are definitely the work of the same artist who brought the world the lovely Miss Spider books. His color always seems to be poured straight out of the paint tube. His compositions are direct and uncluttered, and there's a nice balance among full-page spreads, spot illustrations and text that while sometimes wordy, makes the story a joy to read aloud.
—George Seminara
Kirkus Reviews
Kirk (Miss Spider's New Car, 1997, etc.) pens an incidental story-undeveloped, sentimental window-dressing-for brash metallic 3-D illustrations that may leave readers cold.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448438177
  • Publisher: Callaway Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/2005
  • Series: Nova the Robot Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 12.06 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kirk lives in upstate New York.
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