Monday 28 June 2021

Super Geeks: Planet Pancake

Super Geeks: Planet Pancake by James Hart (Puffin Books) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN 9781760895143

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Zeek’s plan is world domination, with his friend Arnie Baker and Eleanor, a goldfish in the bowl. The two boys are super geeks who love robots and drones, coding computers, and more geek activities. They also invent machines such as the ice-cuber (which kills flies) and the pancake maker which explodes and then goes missing. The two build a quirky ship they name The Enchilada and then help Gunther, owner of their favourite store, TECH-HEDZ search for his missing dog Penelope. At sea, the boys battle a storm and attacks from seagulls, sharks, whales and starfish.

With an explorer, Morag, a monster hunter, and his pet monkey Agnes, they sail to the edge of the world, a towering ice wall beyond which they expect to find treasures and riches. The Agnes climbs the wall, and on the other side they discover junk as far as the eye can see. They are then attacked by a massive tentacled creature with hundreds of eyes called The Finder.

So far in the book, action has been fast, but it’s here on the edge of the world, action becomes super superfast, with non-stop madcap and riotous events. This action is also mirrored in the illustrations which are ultra-zany and imaginative, full of highly eccentric characters who meet danger face on and yet despite many perils, manage to survive.

Every page of Super Geeks Planet Pancake is a visual treat. This book is sure to be enjoyed by even the most reluctant of readers. The Finder is a surprise and how the boys (and goldfish Eleanor) manage to escape and reach home is super exciting.

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