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Akiko on the Planet Smoo

Akiko on the Planet Smoo [Kindle Edition]

Mark Crilley
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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When this fourth-grader comes home from school one day, she finds an envelope waiting for her with no stamp and no return address. The message inside reads Dear Akiko: We are coming to get you. Meet us outside your bedroom window tonight at 8:00. Don't forget your toothbrush. How could anyone meet her outside her window? She lives on the 17th floor, for goodness sake. But that evening, as Akiko is preparing to study for tomorrow's geography test, she finds a small spacecraft hovering outside her window with two odd little men inside. They have been sent to whisk Akiko off to the Planet Smoo where she will lead a team enlisted to find the King of Smoo's kidnapped son, Prince Froptoppit. Akiko, the leader of a rescue mission? She's too timid to be on the school's safety patrol! So begins Akiko's adventure across the land of Smoo to find a prince and become a leader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3944 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (13 Nov 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCTNL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #582,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a huge fan of Mark Crilley's whimsical and beautifully-drawn "Akiko" comic books (also available in graphic novel collections), so I was definitely interested to see if he could capture the same fun and fanciful storyline in this version, his first prose young adult novel. Unfortunately, it doesn't translate well. The characters and situations are still great, but Crilley's very flat and dull prose doesn't have the scope to inspire the same amusement and sense of wonder that the illustrations of his comic version do. I found myself flipping absently through the novel just to look at the illustrations he's provided here--by far the best part of the book. Akiko is still the same spunky 10-year old Japanese-American girl, but her first person narration is unanimated and uninspiring. Worst yet: the novel ends, not even with a cliffhanger, but with a flat "To Be Continued"...the quest Akiko and Company have started never even really gets underway--this story is *not* complete. That's a cheap trick to play on a kid (or even an adult!) who's read your book so far. Sure, Crilley ends his graphic novel collections on similar minor cliffhangers, but what works well in the serialized, monthly comic book adventures is hard to swallow in a novel from which you expect a full, complete story. Granted, I'm an adult reading a kid's book, so I may be being too critical, but I think writers like Lemony Snicket, Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling have more than proven kid's lit can intrigue, amuse, and inspire adults without talking down to kids. What's *good* about this book? The wonderful illustrations, the theme of sticking by your friends, the likeable heroine Akiko who's a bit unsure of herself but always willing to do what's right and stand up to her fears. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting yet dissepointing 16 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I guess I should have read the description, since I assumed it was another of Mark Crilley's manga books. However, it was a written tale of a girl called Akiko who travelled to a planet called Smoo. A great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Akiko zooms into all-out action! 21 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Akiko on the Planet Smoo is a wonderful story about a ten year old girl who is asked to lead a mission to rescue a prince who just happens to be from another planet. The problem is that Akiko doesn't want to be a leader. She is content just to be on the sidelines.
The main characters who make up Akiko's rescue team are very colorful and somewhat eccentric. Spuckler is the swashbuckling, take action type. Mr. Beeba is the scholarly, but very cautious one. Gax is Spuckler's loyal rusty robot. And Poog is the mysterious, floating ball with big eyes.
The story has Jaggasaurs that make Godzilla look wimpy, giant robots that outshine those in Star Wars, huge flying pirate ships, and heart-stopping action that will leave you breathless!
The author and artist, Mark Crilley, does a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters without slowing down all the action. His illustrations throughout the book are simply amazing. Underneath all the action and adventure, Akiko on the Planet Smoo is really about a ten year old girl who discovers the true potential that is inside us all.
A little bit of the Wizard of Oz and a touch of Star Wars make Akiko an exciting read for children and adults. I give this book my highest recommendation!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for All Ages 11 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
"Akiko on the Planet Smoo" is the kind of children's book that succeeds in doing what all my favorite books did for me when I was a kid: it transports the reader into a strange and exciting new world, and stimulates the imagination with unique characters and fantastic situations. Also like my favorite children's books, "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" keeps the reader grounded by using an "ordinary" kid (in this case, a fourth-grade Earth girl named Akiko) as the narrator. As in "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the fantasy elements in "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" become somehow more realistic when seen through the eyes of someone who's used to a normal life on planet Earth. The author, Mark Crilley, does an excellent job of vividly describing the action from a kid's perspective. I felt like I was standing right beside Akiko when she met King Froptoppit and the rest of her rescue party pals (the bookish Mr. Beeba is my personal favorite, with the enigmatic floating head known as Poog coming in at a close second). Thanks to Mr. Crilley's skillful handling of the material, floating cars, Sky Pirates and robots all make perfect sense while on the planet Smoo, no matter how unbelievable they might seem here on Earth.
But honestly, the best part about "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" is not initially noticeable to the casual reader. Mr. Crilley has provided a message that's invaluable to kids: they don't have to be grown-ups to make a difference. Akiko is a shy girl who isn't eager to take on too many responsibilities. When she gets whisked away to the planet Smoo and put in charge of a rescue party, she's convinced there must be some kind of mistake. She's no leader and has no idea how she's supposed to go about rescuing the Prince of Smoo. If it were up to her, she wouldn't even accept the job, but fortunately for her (and for us!), the King doesn't really give her much of a choice. As the story progresses, Akiko learns that she's capable of ALL KINDS of things, including the capability to be an excellent leader. Now, Mr. Crilley certainly doesn't bang his readers over the head with this lesson. He's mostly interested in telling a good story, not preaching self-sufficiency to kids. The moral just helps to insure that "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" will reach the status of "classic" long after most contemporary children's books disappear into oblivion.
So, if you're looking for something to read to your kids, or if you're looking for a way to relive your childhood, "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" is the book for you. Mr. Crilley is a real pro. He succeeded in making me relive parts of my childhood I'd all but forgotten; and that's a good thing, because they were some of the BEST parts I risked losing. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
(By the way, if you like Mr. Crilley's illustrations in this book, I would highly recommend picking up his "Akiko" graphic novels, which this book is based on. They're available at this website, too!)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An all-ages pleaser 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Mark Crilley's _Akiko on the Planet Smoo_ is one of those rare gems that both children and adults can enjoy. The story chronicles the adventures of fourth-grader Akiko, as she journeys to the far-off planet Smoo to rescue a missing prince.
The strength of the book lies in Crilley's portrayal of the main and supporting characters. Each one has a specific and different motivation and perspective, but they surprisingly complement each other well, from bookish Mr. Beeba, to swashbuckling Spuckler; from the mysterious Poog to the robot Gax; and especially little Akiko's relationship to them all.
The author does a good job making this text accessible to younger readers as well as veterans of fantasy fiction. Seeing the story through the eyes of Akiko helps the reader to identify with her situation, and with her important mission. Be aware, though, that the book is only the first part in a much larger story arc.
If you enjoy the fantasy storytelling stylings of JK Rowling's _Harry Potter_ series, you should find _Akiko on the Planet Smoo_ a delightful excursion, as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Akiko - Hero of youngsters and oldsters. 25 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Akiko on the Planet Smoo is an enchanting story of a 10 year old girl that brings Mark Crilleys' writing and characterization to life. This artist and author vividly transforms a childs' world of make believe to virtual reality. It will hold a child spellbound as they travel to the land of Smoo with Akiko in her enchanted kingdom.
I give this book my highest recommendation for Mark Crilleys' "Akiko on the Planet Smoo" as he shows us through his writings and superb drawings that we are all children at heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best! :-) 21 Jun 2000
By S. Blehart - Published on
I am 10 years old and Akiko on the Planet Smoo was one of the best books I have ever read. This book made me laugh out loud, it was so funny. It inspired me to write my own version. I'd recommend it for both boys and girls.
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