Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Michelle Robinson
Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier
Publisher: Clarion Books
The nosy fox has found a box. He carries it into the barn, opens it, and finds the parts for a robot inside. The nosy fox, the eager beaver and a slew of other characters take turns pulling levers, flipping switches, and anything else they can think of. After each adjustment, the robot makes a different noise or action, but is still not functional. Finally, the book’s narrator, a young girl, shows up with a key. Once she uses the key on the robot, they all work together and it comes to life! He thanks them and goes happily on his way.
With each turn of the page, this delightful picture book introduces a new character and builds upon the previous page. The many rhymes and repetition make it a great book to teach young children about rhyming and patterns. The cast of characters is an unlikely group of friends that shows how to successfully work together. The colorful pen and ink and watercolor illustrations, plus all of the robot’s clicks, bangs, and zaps make it a fun read aloud. Families will enjoy seeing the robot’s progress and evolution together.