Eudora Space Kid

Do the Robot!

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
93 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2023
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Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite

David Horn delights us with Do the Robot! In this third book in the Eudora Space Kid series, Eudora is up to her usual shenanigans aboard the AstroLiner Athena. She lands herself in some hot water when she programs Walter, the only robot officer, to disrupt their school play. In trouble with her mother, sister, and even the captain, Eudora is forced to apologize to Walter. However, no good deed goes unpunished as Eudora accidentally breaks poor Walter and is left scrambling to fix the ship’s invaluable and only robot. She enlists the help of her friend, Arnold, and uses her cunning computer skills to program Walter back into a walking, talking, somewhat functioning robot. Although his voice is a lot squeakier and sounds suspiciously like Arnold, while his movements are anything but graceful, Eudora is determined to pass off her newest science project as the real thing. But when she takes the gimmick a bit too far into outer space, she might find herself in a scenario that not even the captain can talk his way out of.

Do the Robot! is my first introduction to the Eudora Space Kid series and I utterly loved it. David Horn has built such a creative world in which this science fiction story plays out. His characters are sweet and relatable and there’s an important lesson to be learned from all the adventures Eudora gets into. Judit Tondora illustrates Eudora’s escapades on the Athena and she captures the mischief in Eudora’s eyes perfectly. David adds an exclusive interview with his dog Trixie, which I thoroughly enjoyed and the story features an educational crossword at the end for curious minds. The book is pure fun for children and adults alike!

Vincent Dublado

Do the Robot! is the third book in David Horn’s Eudora Space Kid Series. Get ready to follow Eudora in another thrilling misadventure. This time, Eudora becomes friends with Walter, who has been cast as one of the dwarfs in a school play. If you are not following this series yet, Walter is a robot officer aboard Athena. Part of the excitement and interest in every AstroFleet ship is its diverse officers coming from all walks of life and galaxies. The kids love Walter because he loves spending time with them. As a robot, Walter is unfeeling and doesn’t get embarrassed onstage. Trouble ensues when Eudora reprograms Walter’s computer code to make him do something hilarious, and to get back at Molly for getting the best part in the play.

Do the Robot! is a hilarious space adventure that, like the previous books in the series, hinges on the curiosity and wits of its star character, Eudora. Her intelligence and confident attitude make her stand out as an impressive character worthy of carrying this series. I’d like to think of Eudora Space Kid as a Star Trek for young readers. Sensitive to the attention span of its target readers, the story doesn’t bother with too many details and delivers only what its target readers need to know. Having said that, what they learn are events of interest happening aboard the ship, all thanks to Eudora and her friends who provide the hearty laughter in this series, amidst a group of serious, grownup officers who mostly ignore them. This is a must-read series. It’s like the science fiction equivalent of Dragonslayer Academy.

Amy Louise Hill

A talented young programmer named Eudora Jenkins and her family and friends all live on a spaceship in the Planetary Republic. Eudora dreams of becoming a chief engineer when she's older, whilst also moonlighting as an actor in school plays. Eudora is cast to play a tree in the play Snow White, whilst her older sister bagged the main role of Snow White. Eudora is tired of hearing about her sister's role and takes it upon herself to sabotage her big kiss scene. The play is ruined and Eudora lands herself in trouble, but the worst is yet to come. A while later, Eudora's anger leads to injuring a very important robot. Will Eudora be able to get herself out of yet another mischievous act? And will the robot be okay in the end? Read Eudora Space Kid: Do the Robot! by David Horn to find out.

Eudora Space Kid by David Horn is a fun and futuristic book for children. Young readers are going to love this incredibly entertaining book. From sabotage to life-like robots, David Horn's book has everything a child could want in a story; from the moment they begin reading, they won't want to put it down. The author has dug deep into his imagination and created a storyline that is full of adventure and mishaps; the kiss scene was hilarious! I enjoyed every word Horn has written, and can't wait to read the next book of the series. Keep up the good work!

K.C. Finn

Eudora Space Kid: Do the Robot! is a work of fiction in the science fiction subgenre. It is intended for children who are independent readers engaging in their first chapter books and was penned by author David Horn, with illustrations by artist Judit Tondora. In this thrilling third book in the continuing series, we once again find ourselves immersed in the exciting world of Eudora Jenkins, a whizz-kid third grader who lives on an AstroLiner floating through space. In this newest adventure, Eudora and her friends find themselves in deep trouble when they accidentally break the beloved robot officer Lootenant Commander Walter. Can they keep Walter’s breakdown a secret long enough to find a solution?

Author David Horn charms readers once again with another wacky and hilarious adventure set in deep space. Elementary/primary school-aged children will no doubt enjoy the concept of this series in itself, and I hope they would also be inspired by how useful mathematics and science can be in solving everyday problems too. Eudora is a plucky hero who’s easy to like, and her dialogue is punchy, witty, and relatable for young readers whilst also being a hoot for adults and teachers who might be helping their kids explore their first chapter books. The illustrations provided by artist Judit Tondora only further bring the work to life and help readers imagine it more easily. Overall, I would recommend Eudora Space Kid: Do the Robot! and the series in general to anyone buying a gift for their young readers, especially those fascinated by wild adventures in outer space.