Friday, December 27, 2013

Trends in Picture Books: Robots (PLUS GIVEAWAY!)

Robots have always been a popular topic in children's literature, but it seems like the last two years, robots have taken over picture books! I first noticed it with one of my favorite books of 2012, Robot Zombie Frankenstein!


And the robot books just kept coming:



And some of this year's offering:






This is a trend I can fully get behind! I love robots and robot stories!



So of course, when I had the chance to read, Sometimes I Forget You're A Robot by Sam Brown, I knew I had to read it!

The cartoon illustrations are simple and reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A young boy dreams of having a robot, but when he gets his dream robot, it turns out his robot can't do anything he always thought robots should be able to do! This robot can't fly, swim or talk-he just beeps! But there's more to the robot than meets the eye and it just might be that his greatest strength is not being a robot, but being a friend.

It's a sweet tale of friendship between a boy and his robot. The pictures are bright and feel like a comic book. The story is one that leaves it open to have a discussion about expectations of friendship with young readers, but in a simplistic way that it doesn't come off as being message heavy. It's a lot of fun to see a robot that you sometimes forget is a robot and readjust your expectations. A great book to share on friendship.

Would you like to win a copy?

Fill out the form below for your chance to win a copy of Sometimes I Forget You're A Robot thanks to Penguin Books!

-One entry per person
-Ages 13+
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