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Monday, February 22
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
My rating: ★★★★
Publisher: Dial Books
Date of publication: October 20, 2015
Age: 4 - 8 years
Themes: robots, transformations, secret formula, imagination
FACT: Robots are awesome. They have lasers for eyes, rockets for feet, and supercomputers for brains! Plus, robots never have to eat steamed beans or take baths, or go to bed. If only there were some sort of magical “Robo-Sauce” that turned squishy little humans into giant awesome robots… Well, now there is.
Fact: this book is awesome. I mean, yes, the characters get to turn into robots. But guess what? The book itself turns into a robot. Yes, I'm serious. Have you ever had such a picture book before? I doubt it. The surprise transformation really cements this book in my mind as unique and fun for all robot-lovers out there. It's just so clever! The ending was so fun!
The actual story and illustrations are not quite as funny as I wanted, however (I guess I was expecting it to be more like Dragons Love Tacos—this team's other book—but it didn't have the same sense of humor) and it is a bit on the longer side. That, combined with the (sometimes violent) robot takeover definitely makes the book better for a slightly older audience. So while I wouldn't use it in my preschool storytime, I'd still recommend it to families and classrooms. Really, it's ingenious.
Find it at your library or on Amazon