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Murder on the Robot City Express: Robot City Adventures, #4
     

Murder on the Robot City Express: Robot City Adventures, #4

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

As the world-famous Robot City Express train sets off to break the cross-country speed record amid cheers and celebrations, little do the passengers know that murder is on the menu! Can conductor Harrison glean the truth from a host of

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

As the world-famous Robot City Express train sets off to break the cross-country speed record amid cheers and celebrations, little do the passengers know that murder is on the menu! Can conductor Harrison glean the truth from a host of larger-than-life characters and find the crook before the train reaches its final destination? This playful pastiche of the detective-fiction genre is just the ticket for reluctant readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Murder on a train! This classic mystery scenario is defined by Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, where Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot, is forced to solve a mystery with only the evidence on a train caught in a snowstorm. In Collicutt's homage to that famous tale from his "Robot City Adventures" series, the crime is isolated not because of a snowstorm, but because the train is attempting to beat the record for traveling across the country. The plot unfolds in a typical detective scenario: the train starts its journey, the crime occurs, investigative interviews are performed, evidence is analyzed, and the whole thing culminates in a giant train wreck. In this version of the world, robots are fully integrated into human society and trains talk. All of the characters are adult, with eight humans and eight robots. The robots act just like humans in virtually every situation. The investigation is carried out by the Conductor of the train, who is a robot. There is a classic quality here: the story is told with retro-style illustrations, and the human characters' clothing could be from any decade after the 1970s. The color work is saturated and the figures are drawn in wooden, noir poses. Beyond the title and basic scenario, the story does not follow Christie's plot. This graphic novel is an interesting blend of sci-fi and mystery; the robots and action add interest. While not particularly memorable, this comic will entertain many young mystery and sci-fi readers enough to keep them reading. Reviewer: Raina Sedore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763650155
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Robot City Series , #4
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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