Review: Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune by Sean O'Neill


Set in Egypt in the 1930s, this graphic novel adventure story follows the exploits of 12-year-old adventurer Rocket Robinson who, along with his monkey sidekick, tries to unravel the mystery of a hidden, ancient treasure located somewhere in the city of Cairo. Along the way he befriends Nuri, a gypsy girl who shows him the secrets of Cairo’s subterranean world. But before long they encounter master criminal Otto von Stürm and his bloodthirsty henchmen, who will stop at nothing to find the treasure before our heroes. Fans of classic adventure storytelling at any age will love seeing the streets of Cairo brought to life in these lively, vibrant pages, while young fans of ancient Egypt will immediately be drawn in by the references to hieroglyphics, mummies, pyramids, and pharaoh’s tombs. Designed for beginning to intermediate readers, the story is free of inappropriate language, gender, or ethnic stereotypes as well as violent images, so it’s truly for comic fans of all ages. But don’t worry—it’s still packed with action, danger, and plenty of fun!

Filled with fun & adventure, Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune, is one of those books that a young reader won’t be able to put down. Blended characteristics of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes, this graphic novel comes alive as you follow the adventure of Rocket Robinson as he tries to unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The story is easy to follow with engaging characters and a plot that keeps you reading. The references of everything mystique about ancient Egypt such as the tombs, pyramids and hieroglyphics are not only educational but will excite their curiosity as the plot unravels. If you are looking for something light & fun, I would add it to your young reader’s book list. I believe both boys and girls will enjoy and the recommended age ranges  for this book would be between 9 – 12.  

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publisher: BoilerRoom Studios
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Pages: 240