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Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and Illustrated by David Shannon

Published by Simon and Schuster

Pages: 40

Ages: 3-7

Publishers Summary: From the minds of Scieszka and Shannon comes a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth. The only problem is that the earth he lands on is a suburban kitchen and he is three inches tall. Robot Zot, the fearless and unstoppable warrior, leaves a trail of destruction as he encounters blenders, toasters, and televisions. But when he discovers the princess…a pink cell phone…his mission takes a new course. Robot Zot must learn how to be a hero – in the name of true love.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “I’m a huge fan of both robots and dogs and this book has both! Plus, it also has that funny phone my sister, Littlebug, is always carrying all over the house, just so she can dance at any given moment. Yuck! I’m not a big fan of dancing, as you could probably guess, but robots…robots are cool!

“Robot Zot has come to earth to conquer us and take our planet captive! He starts off in a small house (since he is a little smaller than you’d think) and begins by destroying all of the things in the kitchen. He even blows up the toaster, The Captain of the house. He’s incredible until he meets his true love, bleh.  Now, I love my mom and my dad, but Zot loves a phone! The dancing phone, the one my sister dances with. It was almost too much, but he finally decides risk it all and take down the General, a dog. He blasts away and wins!”

Mom’s Two Cents: Robot Zot is another in a long line of books for boys by author Jon Scieszka and illustrator David Shannon. Zot is a space robot from another solar system come to destroy earth without realizing he’s just not quite big enough. Set in a typical home and kitchen Zot is triumphant over every kitchen appliance you can think of, including eventually, a TV. When he meets his true love, a push button play phone for toddlers, he’s smitten and will stop at nothing to win her affections.

“We initially purchased this book after seeing David Shannon at the LA Times and fell in love with his humor as well as his new story, Robot Zot. We were also quite eager to share it with the Turkeybird because he’s currently loving anything having to do with space or trains. Honestly though, it’s not quite what we were expecting. The dialogue was a little awkward, granted Zot is a robot and speaks a bit more structured than normal, but the cadence was still a little bit off for my liking. David Shannon’s illustrations were wonderful though with both the Turkeybird and myself enjoying his unique style.

“In the end I still believe Robot Zot is a great addition to almost any young boy’s library and I have hopes that the Turkeybird will grow into the story as time goes on. The suggested age range is for three to seven, but I would place it just a bit higher possibly starting around age four and up. Both Jon Scieszka and David Shannon are still big favorites in our home with titles like Truck Town, No, David! and many more. If you have a young boy at home who loves robots, outer space or even previous Scieszka or Shannon titles it’s definitely worth a look. It may just make it to their daily-reads pile.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 and up. Boys with a penchant for robots, spaceships, outer space or previous Scieszka/Shannon titles will most likely enjoy this new adventure.

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8 Responses to Book Review: Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and Illust. by David Shannon

  1. These look so cute and fun.

    It’s nice to see masculine books for a change 🙂 There doesn’t seem to be enough of them out there.

  2. Janelle says:

    I tried this one with my toddler son but he was not interested. I’ll have to try again in a few years.

  3. Janelle says:

    Oops..forgot to say that my daughter loves The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

  4. I love reading this book to my kids – I had to read it with my best robot voice though!

  5. Dan says:

    I love your review of Robot Zot. Shannon’s illustrations are absolutely perfect. In many ways I enjoyed this book far more than my kid did, but then she’s a girl. It really is much more of a boy’s book. It’s one of my favorite by Scieszka. We’re going to the library today, so maybe we’ll look for this one again. Thanks.

  6. Gina says:

    Great post….by far my favorite so far by this author is THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. It was presented to our class in fifth grade (yes, that long ago) and though not at the reading level for the group, it was a fun romp through a classic tale from another’s point of view. Loved it then, and still do now. ^_^

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