|Awesome Dog 5000 (Awesome Dog 5000)|
Author: Dean, Justin
When video game fanatic Marty, ten, arrives in a new town, his worst fear is being labeled a "dork" until the robotic dog he found catches the attention of a mad scientist.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 503543
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 77016
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/19)
School Library Journal (07/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 Gr 3–5—Marty is the new, lonely kid in town until he bonds with Skyler and Ralph over their favorite video game, Sheriff Turbo-Karate (which includes cheat codes that release "infinity farts"), and discovers Awesome Dog 5000, a robot dog armed with jet rockets and mega-cannons. Ralph and Marty are white, while Skyler has a Korean last name. The quartet teams up against Dr. Crazybrains, a mad scientist who creates harmful potions that can make people smell like dirty socks, turn feet into spaghetti, and enlarge bottoms until they can't fit into any underwear. Almost every page is illustrated with black and white anime-style cartoons, which include a seek-and-find game. Among the fart jokes and cannon blasts is a message to be yourself, and to find friends who celebrate your quirks and differences.VERDICT Full of irreverent humor, this is made for reluctant readers and fans of the zany humor of Andy Griffiths and Dav Pilkey.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2020 Poor Marty embarrasses himself at his new school and is forced to sit with members of the Zeroes Club, Ralph and Skyler. Luckily for him, they are pretty cool new friends. While playing at Marty's house, they discover a robotic dog left behind by the previous owner, a mysterious inventor. They name their new companion Awesome Dog 5000. In an attempt to learn Awesome's powers, Marty gets taken for a superflight around the neighborhood, unfortunately causing destruction to the mansion (and birthday-party preparations) of Dr. Crazybrains, who vows revenge on Marty! Each of the kids is relatable (Marty has new kid fears, Ralph has memorized tons of random facts, and Skyler is the too cool for school girl who no one really understands), Dr. Crazybrains hilariously fails at being an evil mastermind, and there are evil robots hiding among the chapters' illustrations that readers can hunt for in a creative interactive element. Fans of humorous illustrated novels, such as Dog Man and Bad Guys, will enjoy Awesome Dog's adventures, eagerly waiting for future volumes. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.