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Book Review: Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Robot Zot!
Robot Zot lands his attack ship (in the middle of a kitchen) and prepares to battle the Earth Army. After blasting the blender and blowing up the toaster, he stands victorious. Until he hears the call of a gigantic foe in the other room...the television. But once again he manages to blast his way to victory. Then he hears the sweet ringing of the Queen of all Earth (a toy phone), and he must do what he can to get past the Commander General (a dog) to save her.

I saw Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon sitting on the New Books shelf at the library, so I decided to check it out. I'm always looking for age-appropriate robot books for my 5-year old son who loves Transformers. Robot Zot! is definitely written with the 5-year old boy in mind.

I must say it's not the type of book I normally would pick out. It's full of busy illustrations, and the words don't flow in the way most picture books we read do. I'm not used to reading pages like:
"Take that!" beeps Zot. "And that!" boops Zot. "And that!" bleeps Zot. Zot defeats them. Every One. "Affirmative."
But it's perfect for my son. He really enjoyed it. He thought it was funny and asked me to read it again the next day. And I will admit the story itself is cute. It's just requiring me to learn how to read a very different type of book. I'm looking forward to the day when C can read these books on his own!

This review was written based on a copy of Robot Zot! that I borrowed from the library.


  1. This book is so much fun and right now it's one of the leaders in our mock Caldecott vote.

  2. I had a similar personal reaction when I read that book, not for me! But I know that the preschool patrons at my library--the boys--will love it to death.


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