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