Rover and Speck. 1, This planet rocks!

by Roth, Jonathan,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Children's New Book j GRAPHIC NOVEL FIC ROT v.1
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Graphic Novels CHILDREN GRAPHIC ROT
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In this one-of-a-kind graphic novel, two mismatched rovers meet on a distant planet and discover that space exploration is not what they expected! A perfect space adventure for aspiring (and armchair) astronauts everywhere!

When Rover crash-lands on a rocky planet and finds Speck stranded and in need of a battery charge, the two rovers hardly seem destined to make great teammates. Rover is organized, careful and on a mission to discover all the amazing things in the galaxy. Speck is impulsive, excitable and ... not totally sure what his mission is. Their differences are forgotten, however, when they make their first big discovery: they're not alone on the planet! And, suddenly, their only mission is to escape from the rock creatures that are chasing them!

Jonathan Roth's hugely appealing graphic novel with classic comic-style art features a fast-moving and suspenseful plot, loads of silly laugh-out-loud moments and two endearing characters that young readers will instantly fall in love with. It's also a great introduction to real rovers and robots, and the entertaining sidebars sprinkled throughout the story containing facts about earth science topics like rocks and minerals, planets, and space systems add a light STEM touch to the fun. A draw-your-own-rover activity and an overview of some real-life rovers enhance the science and technology links. The series offers a unique and winning combination of a high-interest topic, spot-on humor and accessible science. This book also strongly features the character education topics of adaptability, cooperation and teamwork.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When landing on a new planet, Rover's antenna is damaged by a meteoroid, leaving it no way of alerting its rocket ship when it's ready to leave. Exploring in the meantime, it discovers and reboots another rover named S.P.E.C.K., who tags along on the mission. They stumble upon a group of seemingly vicious giant rock monsters but soon discover that their leader, Rocky, is actually a gentle artist and musician. Together, the rock monsters help Speck and Rover contact their ship, and soon they're off on another planetary adventure. The silliness of the plot belies the massive and impressive bulk of advanced scientific facts relayed within, including how minerals inform technology, how to measure in microseconds, how to recognize an alpha particle x-ray spectrometer and radiation detector, and the infrastructure of space caves on Mars. And while certainly not every child will gravitate to books with language about a "crystalline mineral composed primarily of silicon dioxide," space-loving readers will feel right at home with the adorable, digitally rendered rovers, and the graphic-novel format with its planet's sunset rose-and-rust palette is pleasing to the eye."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Roth, Jonathan. Rover and Speck ; 1.
Subjects Robots -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Robots -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Fiction.
Outer space -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Outer space -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Fiction.
Children's stories.
Science fiction comics.
Graphic novels.
Educational comics.
Bandes dessinées éducatives.
Publisher Toronto :Kids Can Press,2022
Language English
Description 103 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781525305665
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