In this companion novel to Akiko on the Planet Smoo, fourth-grade earthling Akiko and her odd team are on a journey to save the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit from the evil Alia Rellapor. Unfortunately, on their way to Alia Rellapor's castle, the group has gotten lost while sailing over the Moonguzzit Sea in their flying boat. With no maps available, the team's best hope is to find Queen Pwip of the Sprubly Islands, a clairvoyant, who will be able to point them in the right direction. But the Sprubly Islands aren't like Akiko's hometown, and when Spuckler and Mr. Beeba disappear one night, Akiko is left to decide how she is to survive in this strange new world.
Gr 3-5-In this sequel to Akiko on the Planet Smoo (Delacorte, 2000), an earth girl continues her mission to rescue Prince Froptoppit from the evil Alia Rellapor. Akiko is assisted by the adventure-loving Spuckler and his robot Gax; the bookish Mr. Beeba; and Poog, a small, spherical, floating alien. Unfortunately, the group's flying boat has no navigation system, and they become lost. Poog tells the others about Queen Pwip of the Sprubly Islands, a clairvoyant who may be able to help them get back on course. The friends go in search of the islands, encountering a "skugbit" storm, a large sea snake, and fruit that makes them float. When they finally find Queen Pwip, she gives Akiko enough information to help them continue on their journey. Akiko has the concerns and enthusiasm recognizable in most 10-year-olds, and the other characters play off her and one another nicely. Spuckler's charm contrasts with Mr. Beeba's caution, Gax's gadgets are interesting, and Poog remains just mysterious enough. Through short chapters, a quick pace, and lots of cliff-hangers, Crilley keeps readers wondering what will happen next. Black-and-white cartoons suit the mood of the text.-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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June 11, 2001
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Excerpt from Akiko in the Sprubly Islands by Mark Crilley
I opened my eyes. I'd been sleeping so soundly that for the first few seconds I had no idea where I was. Then it slowly came back to me: I was on the planet Smoo with my new friends Spuckler Boach, Gax, Mr. Beeba, and Poog. We were floating peacefully above the clouds on our little flying boat, resting up before the next leg of our journey.
I was a little embarrassed to notice that everyone else was already awake. Mr. Beeba was steering the boat, Poog was floating quietly by himself just behind the mast, and Spuckler was giving Gax a little tune-up. (After all that poor robot had been through lately, I'm sure he needed it.)
"Hey there, Akiko," said Spuckler, smiling as always. "How ya doin' Feels good to get a little shut-eye, don't it "
"Yeah," I said, yawning and stretching my arms. "How long was I asleep "
"Not particularly long," Mr. Beeba said, turning his head to join the conversation. "You've nothing to be ashamed of, dear girl. I would encourage you to get all the rest you can."
"Yeah, 'Kiko," Spuckler agreed. "'Cause there ain't nothin' else to do on this boat."
"You have entirely misconstrued the meaning of my statement, Spuckler," Mr. Beeba said wearily.
"I'm right, though," Spuckler insisted.