I wondered how long it would be until kids books developed with new technology and were placed in the environs of the computer and the Internet. This is one such book.
Basically Zach and Robert, underachievers, love surfing the web. They don't do well in school one flunks the spelling test and the other is happy to get a D plus, which means he didn't flunk. Not exactly Rhodes scholars. They also have a child's distorted view of time as their teacher, Mrs. Sleazydeezy Vestervinkle, is "an old lady about 33 years old." What makes me at age 42? But like I said, a child's view of "old" is different from an adult's view.
The book is also PC (as in politically correct) or maybe it's tweaking the PC crowd? Captain Computerman begins to tell a blonde joke when Mouseman stops him with "Hey, you are going to make the blondes upset!" Then there's always "pick your nose .org," which I really dont need to know about.
Basically Zach and Robert get sucked into their new computer at school. It is inside the computer or are they on the "information superhighway?"-that the two boys learn about the nefarious (my word, not theirs) plot of Dr. Reken Stench to steal all favorite toy web sites. Can they catch the evil doctor? What will become of the boys?
Along the way the reader will have some bumps of humor. Page 39 ends with:
WARNING >>> WARNING >>> WARNING
The next pages will NOT be suitable for children under the age of 103 to view. Way too violent. Don't peek. Don't look! Don't EVEN think about it!
Of course you turn the page to "view" (see, even the nomenclature is computer-oriented) the following:
OH, DANG YOU LOOKED!!!
NOT A GOOD THING!!!
Continue on if you're brave enough!!!
You might even like the "glossary" at the back of the book. Well, hopefully you don't use those punny descriptions in any test. There is also a section of bloopers.
Overall this is an enjoyable book for children, especially boys, likely in second through fourth grade.
Reviewed by John L. Hoh, Jr. of www.bookideas.com