Robot Rampage: A Buzz Beaker Brainstorm

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A robot built for the school science fair goes haywire, and Jimmy comes up with a plan to stop it. Written in graphic-novel format.
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A robot built for the school science fair goes haywire, and Jimmy comes up with a plan to stop it. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
If you know any young, budding scientists, this story will be perfect for them. The setting is in an elementary school gymnasium during a science fair. Two friends enter the contest and just when Buzz thinks he has it won, Elroy displays his robot and wins first place. Unfortunately, the robot begins to grow and crashes through the school roof. The robot has Buzz and Elroy in each of his hands and begins to walk through the town. Realizing that someone may actually get hurt, the boys try to think of a way to stop him. Believe it or not, bubble gum is used to save the day, but I will not tell you how as it would ruin the story. If there was ever a book written for a young boy, this is it. Of course being written in graphic form only adds to the enjoyment of the story. Also helpful is the introduction of characters by name and picture on the first two pages. This is definitely an outstanding tool for helping the reader to follow the story. Included at the end of the book is further information about what it is like to be an actual clown, information about the author and illustrator, "Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts," and step-by-step directions about how to use the Fact Hound web site. This web site is particularly beneficial because it is set up to allow the user to select the grade level of information they want. This is a great book to hook a reluctant reader into reading! I highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598892277
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Graphic Sparks Series
  • Pages: 33
  • Sales rank: 949,878
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: GN370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.

Andy Smith knew he wanted to be an illustrator (if he couldn't be a space adventurer, superhero, or ghost hunter). After graduating from college in 1998, he began working at a handful of New York City animation studios on shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog and Sheep in the Big City. Since then, he has worked as a character designer, freelance illustrator, and taught high school and college art classes. Andy lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his wife Karen.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    We picked this book up from our public library. Loved this book

    We picked this book up from our public library.

    Loved this book and the illustrations.

    You have a science fair going on and of course Buzz is hoping to get first place. When Elron's project ends up winning Buzz walks away saying his chance to win the science prize is crushed. With that being said Elron's robot goes on a rampage! Oh no what will happen? Will Elron and buzz actually be able to stop the robot before it starts wrecking the town? And who exactly is Elron? My son loved the fact that Elron was not who he seemed and ended up getting into trouble for building a robot in the first place.

    This is our second read of a graphic novel and by this author and we loved it. Hope to read more by this author soon.

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