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MOTOR DOG by Kurt Cyrus


by Kurt Cyrus ; illustrated by David Gordon

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6822-5
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

A boy named Flip orders a robotic dog from the Internet in this cleverly rhymed story that manages to be both original in concept and conventional in portraying the bond between boy and dog.

The snappy, effective text will grab readers with its bouncy rhythm and catchy rhymes, like Motor Dog/catalog and extra stuff/ruff! ruff! Motor Dog is remote-controlled and jet-propelled, and he comes with a booster rocket and a convenient parachute. Instead of conventional dog-training commands, Flip makes him behave with lots of computer terms that will draw kids into believing in the premise of an electronic pet. On a walk with Flip, Motor Dog spots a cat and takes off in pursuit, chasing the cat up a tree and flying up to attack with the help of his helicopter attachment. All this causes Flip to decide he would rather have just a regular dog, so he strips Motor Dog of all his extra gear and calls him just plain Buddy. The cat, though, seeing opportunity in the discarded gadgetry, turns himself into Rocket Cat, flying off the final page in a satisfying conclusion. The bold illustrations are full of motion and varied perspectives, with sound-effect words set in red display type.

An amusing fable for the techno-savvy and Luddites alike.

(Picture book. 4-10)