By Bruce McCall
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374399252, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
What’s it like growing up in a town founded by inventors? On Saturdays, the adults open the doors of the Invent-o-Drome and give local children free rein to create whatever gadgets they can think up. Hypno-Goggles, a Rocket Chair, a homeworkeating robo-dog – the can-do kids of Marveltown are never at a loss for ideas. But when an unfortunate short circuit causes a group of giant robot workers to go berserk – and the adults flee for their lives – are the kids ready to put their know-how to the test? In his first book for children, veteran illustrator Bruce McCall has crafted a tale of ingenuity and mayhem with pictures that pop with retro charm and crackerjack wit.
“A really great picture book.” —Tina Fey “Marveltown . . . is the place to be.” —The New York Times Book Review
“If you want kids to be smart and funny . . . run right out now and get yourself a copy of this book.” —The Late Show with David Letterman
“Marveltown made me laugh out loud. Newfangled and old-fashioned all at the same time, it’s full of the best joys of childhood and adulthood.” —Steve Martin
“Marveltown is another great ride through what has to be the most funnest visual imagination in any town! I love everything McCall does.” —Jerry Seinfeld
“This brilliant satire is only heightened by McCall’s retro-style paintings depicting the future as it was envisioned back in the 1950s.” —Cookie magazine“McCall’s illustrations are wonderfully period, creating that 1950s view of the future world in the 2000s.” —Sacramento Book Review
“This is long on innovation—a good choice for readers with a healthy visual imagination.”
“Marveltown is filled with machines so cool they would make Willy Wonka tingle.”
“The boldly colored, nostalgic-looking illustrations depict the action with detail, vitality, and humor and will easily grab readers’ attention. The creative fun of a world filled with cool inventions shines through and will get kids thinking of their own innovations.” —School Library Journal
“Give this to all the little inventors and tinkerers, and let their own imaginations run amok.” —Booklist