Cosmo and the Robot

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Cosmo lives on Mars. He has a big sister named Jewel (but she's a pain) and a robot named Rex (but he's broken).

Cosmo's luck is about to change, though, because his parents have just given him a new Solar System Utility Belt with these ten supersonic attachments:Sun Laser-Beam FlashlightMercury Magneto WrenchVenus Antenna-Speaker PhoneEarth Electro-Optic PliersMars Micro-Radar Homing DeviceJupiter Coil CableSaturn Ring ScrewdriverUranus Ultra-Magnifying GlassNepture Specimen BagPluto Maxi-Scope Binoculars

With a belt like that, anything is possible ...

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About the Author:

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor Books, The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci and Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney's own books include Max Found Two Sticks, Jojo's Flying Sidekick and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, the winner of the 1997 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Brian Pinkney has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration three times. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Cosmo's best friend, Rex, a gentle robot who's afraid of his own shadow, bumps his head and starts acting like a monster, he's relegated to the asteroid dump, leaving Cosmo bereft. To cheer him up, Cosmo's parents (scientists who have brought the family to live on Mars) give him a Super Solar System Utility Belt, complete with 10 supersonic attachments. He uses one to take apart his sister's Easy Bake oven, causing a squabble that prompts their parents to send them to Zone 5 to collect rocks for an experiment. However, Cosmo becomes distracted, applying the various attachments to take apart an abandoned terrain rover, and when his sister fails to return to where she impatiently left him, he puts his tool kit to good use, rescuing her from a menacing Rex-who, despite his ferocity, is still afraid of shadows. All ends well as Cosmo reconstructs Rex, restoring him to his former benign self. Pinkney's signature scratchboard style is used to good effect in creating a Martian landscape in eerie tones of peach, pink, purple, and yellow; some imaginative space equipment; and two appealing children. Topping off the fun is a glossary with whimsical definitions of the 10 "state-of-the-art" features of the Super Solar System Utility Belt-batteries not included.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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