Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AND THE ROBOT WENT... by Michelle Robinson. Illus. by Sergio Ruzzier.  New York:  Clarion Books, 2017.  ISBN 978-054458652-9 hc. $16.99     Gr. K-1     E PIC

Robinson combines a cumulative story with catchy rhymes to create an adventure for young readers.  It begins with "A Nosy Fox looked in the box," and continues on with an Eager Beaver, a Bear in a Blazer, and a Blue Gnu who all interact with the contents of the box - a robot.  Various mechanical noises emit from the robot after each character tries to fix it, until the persistent group produces a restored, fully functional robot.  Educators may want to use these unusual rhymes and varied verbs as examples for writing workshop.  Sergio Ruzzier consistently illustrates the series of characters in order to help with storyline, and adds fun details, such as fuzzy green slippers juxtaposed to the metal surface of the robot.  This structured story has a surprise ending you won't want to miss!
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI  49855

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