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Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fab art and cool new world as time periods collide.

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age 9+

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age 9+

Fast paced

This book has amazing illustrations and a quick paced. I definitely liked the character traits that were shown of loyalty, perseverance, and creativity. Though the teenage antics, 4 teens from different cultures, times and upbringings come together to make a strong team to rescue kidnapped engineers. Be aware that this story is a battle of good vs evil, there is war, so there are battles waging. Because of the nature of the book I can’t say too much violence. But, there is some!

This title has:

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Major kudos to a new writer who knows how to play to his strengths, with 150 pages of full-color art that more than make up for some hiccups in the adventure storytelling. Armand Baltazar, a seasoned Disney and Pixar illustrator, populates his post-Time Collision world with giant robots and dinosaurs wading through a harbor full of tall sailing ships. His main character, Diego, takes a mini-submarine to school and swoops over a jungle island on a gravity board. Baltazar's art pulls this curious sci-fi world together beautifully, but not seamlessly. He often relies too heavily on the art to move the action scenes and makes the beginner mistake of not carefully orienting the reader in a scene, especially when the action gets high. This makes the big battle finale more confusing than exciting. Also, in the middle of the story, as the main characters prepare for their jobs at sea, the primary objective feels lost. Urgency to rescue the prisoners should have been foremost on their minds, rather than whether Diego can fix a robot or stop making a fool of himself in front of Lucy.

It takes time, patience, and attention to detail to build a world both visually and through the written word. Once this talented artist balances the two skills, this series will soar like one of Diego's cool gravity boards.

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