The Adventures of Captain Computerman and His Sidekick Mouseman
by Jim L Conner
||May 2, 2005
Two best friends, Robert and Zach, are sucked into their computer in their classroom. They are transformed into Super Heroes “Captain Computerman” and His Sidekick “Mouseman.” They soon discover that their favorite Toy Web sites are being stolen. The Evil Dr. Reken Stench is stealing the websites.
After a great chase scene in the Mousemobile, a near disastrous encounter with the Ripco Spendo Beam-O-Matic and a fight scene, Dr. Stench is apprehended. Dr. Stench explains why he is stealing and the Super Heroes convert him into a friend.
After meeting several computer parts, the Super Heroes discover a firewall. The firewall was put on the computer by Cody the Computer Repairman, who may be out to “get” the boys.
After many adventures inside the computer, the Story ends with the now back to normal friends, Robert, Zach and John (Dr. Stench, now clean smelling) leaving the classroom for the playground and into their next adventure, Way Too Many Doggie Landmines.
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Chapter Three: “Ta-Ta-Ta-Duh”
Now when Zach and Robert realize they have landed, safely but bruised, they try to decide what has happened to them.
“Robert!!” “I think we are inside……the…..the…..the….the….,” (A bad imitation of Porky Pig I know) Zach says.
“Shut up Zach,” says Robert. “I know we are inside that dang old broke computer we came together, DUH! What are we going to do???”
“We will never see Mrs. Vestervinkle again,” screams Zach.
They suddenly stop, look at each other, start to smile and decide that wasn’t such a bad thing after all!!
“No more Mrs. Vestervinkle!” “Yea,” the boys scream together.
“It’s dark in here, let’s find a light. I brought my handy dandy trusty wusty (sounds like Porky Pig slipped in again doesn’t it) computer flashlight,” Zach said. “Let me turn it on.”
“WOW!!! Look at how you are dressed Zach,” Robert says! “You have on funny clothes! Black pants, blue shirt, yellow gloves (gloves? It’s too hot in here for gloves) and a helmet of orange,” Robert says excitedly!!!
“I’m wearing an orange,” Zach asked?
“Oh brother,” Robert sighs. “Your shirt has two, count them, 1, 2, Golden C’s on it. You have on a red cape and it says “CAPTAIN COMPUTERMAN” (trumpets sounding loudly------Ta-Ta-Ta-Duh!!!)”
“Who’s playing those trumpets,” a confused Zach asks?
“And, and you’re a MOUSE,” screams Zach….ha….ha….ha…
“Robert you have on big black clown shoes, you have a gray mouse body, gray sock cap with big mouse ears and a long, long tail. You should probably have whiskers but you’re not old enough to shave yet," Zach says (better known as “CAPTAIN
COMPUTERMAN”---Ta-Ta-Ta-Duh!!!)”. “Who’s playing those trumpets,” Zach asks? “You’re a mouse of a man ---- call me Mouseman,” says Robert interrupting loudly. Robert pauses briefly ---- dang, no trumpets.
Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews
Kids who love computers and web surfing will like this book where the inside of the computer becomes the setting for our heroes Capt. Computerman and Mouseman. Computer language is used throughout.
Zach and Robert, computer junkies are the main characters of this book. Mrs. Sleazydeezy Vestervinkle is their teacher. Bored with school and not very good students, they mysteriously get pulled into their computer. While in the computer the boys discover a plot by Dr. Reken Stench to steal all of the toy websites. They travel around in their Mousemobile trying to catch Dr. Stench.
The names of the characters are funny and the adventures of our heroes are amusing. They get into all kinds of trouble. As a fan of the Captain Underpants series, this book is very similar and just as funny.
There is a section of bloopers and a glossary of funny descriptions. The illustrations are very good and tell the story well.
In my opinion, boys ages 8-10 years would like this book.
Publisher: Publish America
John L. Hoh, Jr. of www.bookideas.com
I wondered how long it would be until kids books developed with new technology and were placed in the environs of the computer and the Internet. This is one such book.
Basically Zach and Robert, underachievers, love surfing the web. They don't do well in school one flunks the spelling test and the other is happy to get a D plus, which means he didn't flunk. Not exactly Rhodes scholars. They also have a child's distorted view of time as their teacher, Mrs. Sleazydeezy Vestervinkle, is "an old lady about 33 years old." What makes me at age 42? But like I said, a child's view of "old" is different from an adult's view.
The book is also PC (as in politically correct) or maybe it's tweaking the PC crowd? Captain Computerman begins to tell a blonde joke when Mouseman stops him with "Hey, you are going to make the blondes upset!" Then there's always "pick your nose .org," which I really don’t need to know about.
Basically Zach and Robert get sucked into their new computer at school. It is inside the computer or are they on the "information superhighway?"-that the two boys learn about the nefarious (my word, not theirs) plot of Dr. Reken Stench to steal all favorite toy web sites. Can they catch the evil doctor? What will become of the boys?
Along the way the reader will have some bumps of humor. Page 39 ends with:
WARNING >>> WARNING >>> WARNING
The next pages will NOT be suitable for children under the age of 103 to view. Way too violent. Don't peek. Don't look! Don't EVEN think about it!
Of course you turn the page to "view" (see, even the nomenclature is computer-oriented) the following:
OH, DANG YOU LOOKED!!!
NOT A GOOD THING!!!
Continue on if you're brave enough!!!
You might even like the "glossary" at the back of the book. Well, hopefully you don't use those punny descriptions in any test. There is also a section of bloopers.
Overall this is an enjoyable book for children, especially boys, likely in second through fourth grade.
Reviewed by John L. Hoh, Jr. of www.bookideas.com
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