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Review of <i>Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)</i> by Mac Barnett

Review of Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett


Disney Hyperion


New York, New York, United States of America

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Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews


In this story, a girl created a robot for her science fair project but forgot to program it to be able to read, hear, and feel pain. When it went on a rampage around her home town, she could not stop it. She then decided to scientifically enlarge a frog to prevent the robot from inflicting any more damage on the town. She remembered to program the frog to be able to listen to her and so successfully destroyed her robot. The problem, however, was that her frog then proceeded to wreak havoc on the town and the entire process began again.

The illustrations in this book were unique because the format was similar to that of a comic book. Rather than the illustrations supplementing the text, the text supplemented the illustrations. Every illustration was filled with action and detail but was not too overwhelming. Children who have ever had to do a small project for class could also easily identify with the main character. Every child would like to have the best project and could easily imagine how it would feel to have that go wrong. The story itself was very imaginative and the ending was engaging because the book did not definitively end, which allowed children to imagine what kind of havoc the frog would perpetrate on the town. Recommended. Amanda Snyder. Centennial Library Intern.


Review of <i>Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)</i> by Mac Barnett

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