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This review is from: DFC Library: Mo-bot High (Hardcover)
If Michael Bay were to make Grange Hill: The Movie, the result might be something like this. Except with half of Mo-bot High's wit, and a tenth of its plot.
Young Asha starts at a new school where the usual playground games are considered a little too, well, childish. Here the kids entertain themselves with spectacular duels, donning Digital Mobile Combat-suits - effectively giant robots that - get this - materialise from their mobile phones. Take note, Apple. If this feature doesn't appear on the iPhone 5, I'm not buying.
Cameron's artwork is a joy. His key elements all have their own style: human characters are colourful and distinctive, with a pleasing hand-drawn look; the deliberately drab 'real world' backgrounds contrast nicely with the vibrant geometry of the digital environments; and the robots themselves, all glowing joints and with a slightly retro vibe, are actually more Tron than Transformers. His writing is also spot-on - the story has a pleasing sense of its own absurdity, with teachers apparently oblivious to the mayhem being wrought under their noses (or rather over their heads), and dinner ladies who are not at all what they seem - and the kids' dialogue has the ring of truth, and lashings of deadpan humour.
The book's title hints at a Part Two in the works. I'll be looking out for it - in the meantime, I thoroughly recommend Part One.