The Indestructible Metal Men (Robot City Adventures Series #3)

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The hotly-tipped graphic novel rip-roaring, action-packed new series continues with these titles, full of retro-comic fun.

There were three Indestructible Metal Men on board the night the Colossus sank, but only one ever made it back to shore. Metal Man Number Two has been at the Robot City Museum since he emerged from the ocean decades ago and hasn’t powered up since. But now evil millionaire Mr. Furniss has found one of the other Metal ...
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Overview

The hotly-tipped graphic novel rip-roaring, action-packed new series continues with these titles, full of retro-comic fun.

There were three Indestructible Metal Men on board the night the Colossus sank, but only one ever made it back to shore. Metal Man Number Two has been at the Robot City Museum since he emerged from the ocean decades ago and hasn’t powered up since. But now evil millionaire Mr. Furniss has found one of the other Metal Men at the bottom of the ocean and is planning on using him to build an army of indestructible robots. Can Sarah Cross — a fiesty young robot scientist — stop Mr. Furniss before it’s too late?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
On the first page, the reader learns that Collusus, the largest ship in the world, has hit an iceberg and sunk. There were three metal men on that ship. With the three of them working together, they were able to keep the boat afloat longer to allow more passengers to get to safety, but the three went down to the ocean's bottom. They walked the ocean floor. Robot #2 made it to the dock and was found and placed in a museum. Robots #1 and #3 were later found and activated by Mr. Furniss, a very nasty man who has plans of destruction on his mind. The tale continues and only Sara Cross has a chance of destroying the master plan of Mr. Furniss. Will she be able to do it? This book is easy to read, and is in graphic form. Graphic novels are a favorite of mine as they are perfect for a reluctant reader. They are also perfect for a struggling reader and more than likely find success in reading this one. But even being written in graphic form did not save this book for me. There were too many unexplained happenings in the story. I didn't particularly like guns in a book for this age group. Nothing would have changed if the guns hadn't been used. The author states that "Nobody knows what happened to our robot heroes...except metal man number two." There is no explanation of why #2 was picked. There are so many more exciting books out there for this genre and age group that this one can be skipped. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763650148
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Robot City Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Collicutt originally intended to be a comic-book artist, but fell in love with painting and became an illustrator. His picture book This Train won a Parents Choice Gold Award. He is also the author-illustrator of the first two Robot City Adventures: City in Peril! and Rust Attack! He lives near Brighton, England.
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  • Posted January 26, 2011

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    Graphic Novel for Older Audience

    <br>. This is a graphic novel for an older audience. . This is not one of those comic books for younger kids like Lunch Lady and Baby Mouse. This story is about a futuristic society of robots and humans living together. Calling all sci-fi fans! . The artwork is cool and retro, like the comics of old. "Real" comic book fans (think marvel comics) will be enthralled with these books. ----------------------------------------------- In The Indestructible Metal Men, the opening story is about a large ship, Colussus, that was shipwrecked in the 1940s (think Titanic). Dr. Greenwood, a British Inventor, was on board with his miraculous robotic inventions, the three Metal Men. Once the ship began to go down, the robots helped to keep the ship afloat a little while longer to allow more passengers to be saved. But, alas, Greenwood and his inventions perished. Fast forward sixty years and Metal Man #1 shows up on Robot City's dock after wandering the sea floor. Metal Man #1 was put in Robota Museum. One day, Metal Man #1 suddenly has power and crashes out of the museum. It seems that another Metal Man, #3, was discovered by evil Mr. Furniss. Furniss is trying to uncover Dr. Greenwoods robotic secrets by dismantling his inventions. When Metal Man #3 was powered up, it woke Metal Man #1 up as well. Furniss' intentions are not altruistic like the museum's intentions. Furniss' evil plan includes figuring out a way to make an invincible robotic soldier to sell to other governments. When the museum staff traces the signal to Furniss' estate, they confront him. Things get heated, but goodness wins and the Metal Men are reunited and both given a home at the museum. I think this is a great book to put in the hands of an older, reluctant reader. It is a bit hard to follow unless you know how to read a comic, so be sure to help your reader with that, especially if your reader has any challenges. Also, as described, the themes here are mature. This is no Captain Underpants.

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