The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich

by Jason Bays (Author)

The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Get ready for some kung fu fun reading! The 32 kung fu surprises hidden within the pages of this graphic novel of superhero adventures can ONLY be unlocked with Kung Fu Vision that is part of the FREE Kung Fu Robot app that corresponds with this book. Simply position a phone or tablet above the printed page, or use clues provided in the story to trigger interactive content, games, and more for an awesome, augmented reading experience.

The engaging pursuit for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich can't be contained on the page--it leaps onto your mobile screen with the FREE interactive Kung Fu Robot companion app for an innovative reading experience. Based on the best-selling app, this madcap graphic novel follows the adventures of a nine-foot tall red robot who loves kung fu and his 9-year old sidekick, Marvin, as they rush to rescue the city from the clutches of their evil arch-nemesis, Kung Pow Chicken, and his army of android ninjas from destroying the city's peanut butter and jelly supply. Kung Fu Robot must save the day . . . and their lunches!

Kirkus Reviews

With an animated feel and its breakneck velocity, Bays' creation is an interesting marriage of print and digital comics and creates a multidimensional feel for young action aficionados.

Publishers Weekly

This madcap series opener plants itself squarely in the realm of surrealist inanity, echoing the over-the-top goofiness of Ren and Stimpy and SpongeBob SquarePants. Kung Fu Robot knows two things: how to fight and how to make amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The former skill comes in handy with the latter--his sandwich-making features dramatic moves, abundant splatters, and many shouts of "hiiieeeeyaah!" When the villainous Kung Pao Chicken's army of ninjas steals all of the peanut butter and jelly in the city, Kung Fu Robot and his nervous human sidekick, Marvin, have no choice but to open up a jar of delicious righteousness. Newcomer Bays captures their endeavor in overlapping trapezoidal panels, tons of all-caps sound effects, and a bold and chunky cartooning style with a heroic primary color scheme. The frenetic action isn't always easy to track, however, and although the artwork is polished, Kung Fu Robot's martial arts moves (and all-around obliviousness) start to get repetitive before long. An app, which can be used in tandem with the book, is also available. Ages 7-12. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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Jason Bays
Jason Bays is a man who cannot remember a time when art wasn't what he was about. His aspirations were tutored by a drifter who took the time to show him how to draw in the back booth of his granny's diner on Main Street in Amsterdam, Missouri. Rocketships and trains were good enough to get him his first gig drawing dinosaurs for his second grade play. Later he collected degrees in Illustration and Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, leading to a successful career in advertising while also giving rise to his desire to make reading more accessible for his kids.

Kid Rocket Studios is a Kansas City-based kid's entertainment company that develops, publishes, and markets branded children's entertainment properties for traditional, digital, and emerging media distribution channels. With a mission of "launching imaginations," the studio has developed a number of digital experiences. Their narrative, interactive comic, Kung Fu Robot, is their most far-reaching and popular.
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Guided Reading Level
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date
March 20, 2017
BISAC categories
JUV008020 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Superheroes
JUV008040 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Action & Adventure
Library of Congress categories
Good and evil
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Peanut butter
Kung fu

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