Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrator: David Barneda
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Who would have thought that robot children love snow days just as much as human children do? Snowbots describes the excitement of the robot children of Clackentown when, on their way to school, they discover that a blizzard has rolled in and classes are cancelled. Despite their mechanical parts and metal joints, the robot kids make the most of the snow day by going sledding, making snow angels, building snow forts, and throwing snowballs. But their fun comes to a grinding halt when an icy wind blows in and shorts their batteries! Luckily, robot parents are nearby to bring them safely home and thaw them out with delicious cocoa spiked with axle grease. After a hot oil bath, the robot children hop into bed, plug themselves in, and dream of another snow day.
Snowbots is an imaginative story with lively illustrations. The vivid colors capture the excitement and energy of the robot children as they play in the snow, and the detailed illustrations provide an amusing glimpse into a day in the life of a robot family. With its rhyming cadence and entertaining pictures, Snowbots is an enjoyable for both children and the adults who may be reading to them. The story is easy for kids to relate to because it places the robots in a completely human situation and focuses on one robot family as they play together and help each other. Overall, Snowbots is a fun read that will capture children’s imaginations and have them wishing they could go outside and play in the snow.