Marveltown by Bruce McCall

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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.


About Bruce McCall

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Bruce McCall is a humor writer and illustrator for "The New Yorker" and author of "Zany Afternoons", "Viagra Nation", and the upcoming "Detroit: The Lost Notebooks".
Published September 30, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Beginning with the exhilarating sky-skiing invented by the children of Marveltown, this picture book will thrill budding science-fiction enthusiasts.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Marveltown

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New Yorker contributor McCall makes his picture book debut with a tongue-in-cheek vision of the future. Marveltown is a utopian city of inventors, where drivers

Aug 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Marveltown

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Given his ’40s and ’50s Boys’ Life-representational mannerism, it is curious that he has never done a children’s book before, but frankly his books for adults could have been written for children too, even if kids wouldn’t understand all the nostalgic references.

Nov 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Marveltown

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