FILLMORE AND GEARY TAKE OFF!

Mark Shulman, Author, Phillip Fickling, Illustrator , illus. by Phillip Fickling. Chronicle $14.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58717-256-4

Flashy but insubstantial, these digitally rendered "adventures of a robot boy and a boy boy" star Fillmore, a fireplug-shaped kid who resembles a Lego toy, and Geary, his silver-blue robot counterpart. They live on Planet Zada and, according to the mildly smug text, "had everything boys need. What they didn't need was a pet. So... that's what they wanted." At the pet shop, the two consider slimy space creatures, but a Lassie broadcast from Earth convinces them to invent a dog; they craft a Super Dog Robot, nicknamed "Sbot," on an assembly line. The robotic pooch's green lop-ears and angular brushed-copper body resemble a beagle's, but when he acts more like a scholar than a pet (he reads a book titled Howl ), he and his inventors embark on an interplanetary quest for dogs to imitate. In Shulman and Fickling's (previously paired for How I Built Rusty ) glossy spreads, details are labeled à la Richard Scarry; on Earth, corny Internet-popup labels identify Sbot's wagging tail and a fire hydrant. Dog lovers may feel insulted that a dial on Sbot's head turns him from "Wow" (smart) to "Bow-wow" (dopey), even though the boys have second thoughts and restore his intelligence. Slick art and personality-free characters make this tale the equivalent of space junk food. A snap-together cardboard rocket is tucked into the flap. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 12/13/2004
Release date: 10/01/2004
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.