The Invincible Boy-Bot (Zinc Alloy Series)

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Zack Allen loves comic books, but this wimpy kid is nothing like his favorite superheroes. He’s always getting picked on by bullies at school. Then one day, Zack builds a high-tech robot suit. Now he must learn to control his newfound powers and become the world’s newest superhero, Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot!

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Overview

Zack Allen loves comic books, but this wimpy kid is nothing like his favorite superheroes. He’s always getting picked on by bullies at school. Then one day, Zack builds a high-tech robot suit. Now he must learn to control his newfound powers and become the world’s newest superhero, Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-bot!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Zack Allen is a pretty normal kid. He has a nice family, lives in a nice house, goes to a nice school—and gets picked on by kids older and bigger than he is. That's when "normal" turns into "unusual"—not to mention weird, and most of all, funny. Zack has created his own personal robot named Zinc Alloy whose mission is to save the world without destroying it first, because, unfortunately, Zack/Zinc is somewhat of a bumbler. Things rarely go as planned. This graphic novel/comic book contains four distinct adventures: "Super Zero," "Revealed!," "Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein," and "Coldfinger." Zack/Zinc finds himself trying to halt a runaway train; save the lunch lady from a burning cafeteria; stop a tornado from destroying the city; and prevent an evil genius from controlling the good citizens of Metro City. While the themes and plots might not be that original, this graphic novel accomplishes something that eludes so many other books: it is actually comical. The humor is embedded in the writing, and the characters are naturally funny. While Zack is without doubt the main character, readers should not overlook his parents, who are hilarious. The illustrations are good drawings worthy of the best found in the comic books of yesteryear. As an added bonus, the values of reading, math, and science skills are cleverly disguised in the plot. At the back of the book is a short section on Zinc Alloy's various tools. There are also two pages of sketches by the illustrator that should interest readers and budding artists. Because the humor cuts across gender lines, boys and girls should enjoy this book. If all the books in the "Zinc Allow" series are as funny as this one, parents and teachers should definitely consider adding them to their libraries. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Lighthearted comic action is the focus of this collection of four previously published comics. Zack Allen is a smart kid who is teased at school. His life changes when he uses his wits to create a Mech-style robot suit. With it, he rights wrongs both big and small, from runaway trains to school bullies. In "Super Zero," readers learn the Zinc Alloy backstory. In "Revealed!" Zack reveals his own secret identity-a rare thing-and must deal with the consequences. In "Zinc Alloy vs. Frankenstein," the protagonist takes on a robot version of the famous neck-bolted monster, wrecking the town in the process. In "Coldfinger," Zack must protect the town from evil Dr. Icee and his Giant Freeze Ray. Reluctant readers will appreciate the pace, which is set to hyperdrive. The action comes early and often. Frequent humor assures that the mood stays light. The full-color illustrations are more cartoon than comic-book superhero, with bold outlines and basic panel work. An entertaining combination of action, humor, and silliness, Boy-Bot will be a popular pick for graphic-novel fans.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434245977
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Series: Zinc Alloy Series
  • Pages: 123
  • Sales rank: 1,415,189
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Lemke works as a children's book editor. He has written dozens of comic books, including the Zinc Alloy series and the adventures of Bike Rider, and many chapter books for DC Comics. Donald lives in Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, and their not-so-golden retriever, Paulie.

Douglas Holgate is a freelance illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. His work has been published all around the world by Random House, Simon and Schuster, the "New Yorker" magazine, and Image Comics. His award-winning comic "Laika" appears in the acclaimed comic collection "Flight, Volume Two".

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