Jul 292013
 July 29, 2013  Book Reviews, Education

Favorite Robot Books - Alldonemonkey.comAs Baby gears up for his first words, my husband and I are having a friendly contest over whether he will say “Mama” or “Papa” first.  (For the record, Monkey said “Mama” first, but it was only because he was mad at me!)

Honestly, though, I think Baby’s first words will be some version of “I. Am. Robot!” since this is how Monkey greets his little brother several times a day.


Monkey is obsessed with robots and has an uncanny ability to find them everywhere.  “That’s a toothpaste robot!” he says of the tube of toothpaste.  “I’m a mixing robot!” he says as he stirs the batter.  “Hi, Daddy Robot!” he says when my husband comes home from work.

So, attentive mother that I am, I searched for some fun robot books for him at the library and was pleased to find several that Monkey and I have really enjoyed.  Hope you and your little robots do, too!

Sleepy Time Olie by William Joyce is a sweet story about a robot determined to cheer up his grandfather, who seems to be going through some sort of existential crisis after bumping his head.  (“I can’t unfrown…I might as well just stay in bed.”)  Olie wants to bring back the pep in Pappy’s step, so he invents a super silly ray guaranteed to keep everyone laughing.

I love the quirky rhyming text, but Monkey’s favorite part are the illustrations.  There is such rich detail here, especially for a little boy obsessed with robots.  Every piece of furniture in Olie’s house is a robot – from the clocks to the beds to the dressers – along with the dog, of course – so readers can spend lots of time poring over the pictures and finding even more robots to love.

Hello, Robots by Bob Staake is another fun, silly book about robots.  Zip and Blip, Blink and Zinc are all hard-working robots who glory in their jobs, until a fateful rainstorm messes with their wiring.  Suddenly, the robots confuse their tasks, so that one robot tries to cook a clock while another tries to fix the soup with a screwdriver.  The robots are all sad until they come up with the unorthodox solution of switching heads.  Does it work??  You’ll have to read it to find out!

The illustrations are wonderful, and the text fun to read.  This was another book that Monkey insisted we read over and over, and I was only too happy to oblige.

Cosmo and the Robot by Brian Pinkney is a wonderful book about a boy who lives on Mars with his family and his robot.  When the robot malfunctions one day and turns into a menace, Cosmo has to figure out how to fix the robot before it captures Cosmo’s big sister.  Monkey and I really enjoyed this book, though it is really aimed at slightly older kids.  It would be an especially good book for those with older siblings, as this is a tale about a younger brother proving himself to his big sister.  For Monkey, though, I edited the early scenes of Cosmo’s sister bossing him around, since I didn’t want to introduce the idea of siblings fighting.

Monkey loved how Cosmo rebuilt the robot, as well as the detail given about all of the tools on Cosmo’s amazing Solar System Utility Belt.  And I loved having an African-American family at the center of this wonderful space book.

What books are you enjoying with your kids these days?


  10 Responses to “Favorite Robot Books”

  1. These sound like great books. We are still reading the Amazing Machines books. There is a part of me that thinks we will be reading them for the next 20 years.

  2. Love them, oh and to add to your list, we absolutely love Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckeman and we want Randy Riley’s Big hit, it has the coolest robots in it, hurrah, hope you are having a great week.

  3. My new favorite robot book (based on the response and engagement of my class of prek students) is “Robot Dreams”, a wordless book by Sara Varon.

  4. Have you tried Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen? Robots and baseball are key features of the story and the artwork is amazing. Thanks for your robot favorites. I’ve loaded them in my library cart. 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for linking up to Multicultural Book Day (Jan 27th) with your great list of robot books!

  6. Thanks for the post, good robot books are so hard to find! Which makes little sense because so many kids love robots. Here’s our list so far of “best loved”, will be heading to the library to check out some of yours too! http://planetjinxatron.com/2013/10/kids-books-about-robots-that-adults-can-love-too.html I’m glad we’re not the only family who “edits” as we read – we did that early on with “I hate school” comments and also sibling fights.

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  8. […] only fitting to include a robot book here, as both of my boys love robots. Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit is a real favorite in our house. Randy Riley is a genius, but […]

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