Monday, November 1, 2010

The Robot Book: Review, Craft, and Give-Away

Update: This give-away is now closed.  The winners (as chosen by random.org) have been notified by email.  Congratulations to MaryAnne, Nicole, and McKim!

Scroll down for the give away!

Review:

Robot Book,TheThe Robot Book

From the publisher:

"The Robot Book (Accord Publishing) by Heather Brown is an interactive story that will enchant tinkerers of all ages. The working— and moving—gears, cogs, nuts, and bolts mounted on each beautifully illustrated spread will keep little fingers busy and imaginations engaged as the charming story reveals the secret behind what really makes the robot tick.

The Robot Book is a unique way to introduce children to one of life’s most important lessons: It’s what’s on the inside that counts. With striking artwork, interactive components, and a poignant message, it’s impossible not to fall in love with The Robot Book."

You can watch a video to see The Robot Book in action here or visit the book's website here.

I thought this was a fun, unique board book.  We certainly have board books with lift the flaps, pull tabs, and different textures, but I can't think of any that we have read that contain gears like this.  I think infants and toddlers would love it.  Our little guy enjoyed it.  My only criticism is that some of the cranks are a little difficult for small (or even adult) fingers to turn.  I find this to be a common issue with interactive board books of all kinds, and often they loosen up with time.


Companion Craft:

1) Put together a box full of doodads.  Ours had a cut up paper towel roll, various packaging materials from our new double stroller we just put together (those yellow rubber things and the styrofoam, for instance), a cut up pipe cleaner, some spare hex keys, clothes pins, glue, scotch tape, etc.

2) Cut out a cardboard template, in the shape of a rectangle, with arm holes.  You can see our template below.  We ended up chopping off that top part, so that it can be worn rightside up or upside down without worrying about the flap hitting his neck.  Cover cardboard with a bit of aluminum foil.  Let them decorate at will. 

3) Enjoy the finished product (put your arms through the armholes and wear it like a shield).  Don't forget to talk like a robot!
 


Give Away!
THREE winners will receive a copy of the Robot Book!  To enter:
1) Leave a comment here.
2) Follow or subscribe in some way to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile and leave a comment letting me know.
3) Tweet, facebook, or blog about this give away and leave a comment letting me know.

That's three possible entries per person.  The deadline is November 8, midnight EST.  Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  Please remember to leave your email address in your comment if it is not accessible from your profile. 

Disclosure: We were provided a publisher copy of this book at no cost in order to write this review.  If you click on any of the links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.

54 comments:

Ticia said...

My boys would go nuts for this, both the book and your craft. Looks like fun.

Ticia said...

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Raising a Happy Child said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I like the project that you did with it - it could also make a nice Halloween or party outfit.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I follow

mommy days said...

what an awesum giveway! my daughter loves lift the flap books. have to try ur craft out soon! :)

mommy days said...

i follow!

MaryAnne said...

Johnny would LOVE this book! He's all about robots lately =)

MaryAnne said...

I follow you, too.

And I need to make your craft with Johnny!

Stephanie said...

We just made a robot costume for Halloween! My toddler would love this book.

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Stephanie said...

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Sherry said...

Eeek - looks like great fun

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Emily said...

This book looks DARLING and I love the companion craft. How fun!

Chip said...

My daughter would love this book and she LOVES glue!!!
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Amber said...

This is so neat! It made me think of The Invention of Hugo Cabret!
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Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Your robot is awesome!! I love how talking like a robot is completely necessary. LOL Very cute! :-)

Stephanie said...

My little boy would love this book!
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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a great little book! I really like the craft you did with it too. :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I am a subscriber!

McKim said...

This would make a great gift for my little grandson. I love to read to him.

McKim said...

This would make a great gift for my little grandson. I love to read to him.

Nicole C. said...

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Tracy McD. said...

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Jackie H. said...

Glad to hear you only used leftover packaging from the stroller. I'm afraid in my house my husband would have said, "I have all these pieces left over. Do you want to use them??" This looks so fun!

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Erica P. said...

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Anonymous said...

This looks like a great interactive book my boys would love! Great robot :)
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Kristie said...

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Dave said...

This book will make a perfect gift for my little nephews. Thank you for the chance to win.

Amy said...

This looks like a fun book! Who doesn't have a soft spot for robots?

Melissa B. said...

I would love to win this for my nephew.

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Viva said...

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Molly K said...

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Sahara said...

My son loves to pretend to be a robot. he would love this book.

Jade W. said...

This would be a great book to keep around for when my 3 year old nephew visits!

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ruslady said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Sarah said...

I'd like to win this for my friend's daugher, Claire Elizabeth.

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degood said...

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