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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) - Mac Barnett

Released June 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Featuring big, bold illustrations, this picture book tells the story of a little girl whose fifth grade science fair project gets way out of hand. Although she wins first place, the youngster’s robot turns out to have a mind of its own.

When it goes on a rampage the young scientist realizes she didn’t fully think her project through and the robot has some major design flaws. Because she forgot to give it ears, when the child tells the robot to “Knock it off!” and behave, it doesn’t respond because it can’t hear her.

Finally the girl comes up with a “solution” to the problem of the out-of-control robot but, alas, she solves one problem only to create another.

A clever story with a comical twist, this is a book that older children will enjoy. Although the suggested age group begins with three year olds, I would read the book to youngsters five and older.

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