Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Robot Book by Heather Brown - Review and Giveaway

Gear ratios, circular pitch, mesh, RPM -- lessons from my college Mechanical Design class flashed before my eyes when I first previewed The Robot Book by Heather Brown. Why? This board book contains a bolt, a nut and several interactive cardboard gears. And it's hard not to think of all those lessons when I see two gears mesh together.

The Robot Book by Heather Brown; Accord Publishing (October 2010); ISBN 9780740797255; 12 pages
Book Source: Review copy from publisher

Now, this is not at all an informational book about gears, machines, or how they work, but more of an entertaining "touch and play" perfect to engage toddlers' minds. In my experience, kids love interactive toys and books -- anything with moving parts or flaps that open. Kids love robots, too. The Robot Book combines both these kid friendly elements into a short and sweet book about a robot's parts...mouth, eyes, arms and something else special on the inside. The book reminds young and old of an ever so important message...it's what's inside that counts! Preview the entire book in the following YouTube video.

Our robot obsession is well documented. See this robot book and craft. Or this robot series. Or this robot website. The Robot Book is probably one of the simplest robot books we've read together, and probably the most entertaining from an interactive standpoint. The book doesn't contain a whole lot of text, but my toddler son really loves exploring the pages and talking about the parts. It's pure fun! So much so, that I'm thinking about buying him a set of actual toy gears for Christmas so that he can tinker to his little heart's delight. And, not surprisingly, he loves the packaging, too. The publisher inserted cardboard inserts to help protect the book's moving components. My son has spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out how to reinsert all those cutout inserts so they fit around all the different parts. I'm sure the publisher never intended those inserts to provide so much entertainment, but they do! I'm happy to report that the book's construction has held up pretty well to all his fiddling around. No gears have been removed yet (though sometimes the gears don't mesh properly). That's OK though. It's a good challenge to test his problem solving skills. I may have a little budding engineer in the family. :)

Thanks to Accord Publishing, one Brimful Curiosities reader will win a copy of The Robot Book and a copy of another Accord favorite: When I’m Big!

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Thanks to Accord for providing me with a review copy of The Robot Book. (I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)


Ticia said...

You know I don't think we have any robot books..... Kind of surprising.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This sounds so fun: it's not just kids who love interactive toys and books!!! :--)

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Make it Simple 2 You said...

my boys think they are robots... hahaha! This will be a great gift for them. I follow your blog.

thank you for the giveaway.

Kristie said...

What a fun book! I can imagine my little ones would really enjoy it!! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

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Marcela said...

The Robot Book looks very cool, I know my toddler would love it! I am also in love with the darling video they made to promote it!

Danielle said...

My son loves robots, so I know he would love this book!


Stephanie said...

Our favorite robot book is one I picked up at a yard sale. It is divided into 3 parts (head, middle, legs) and each part has several pages you can flip through to create unique robot combinations (not explaining it very well, but my boys love it...)

Amy said...

What a fun review.. Yes, she did have a great party.. Enjoy your day..

Cmanthe said...

I cant believe you just posted this giveaway.... I just came across the craft idea for this on another site belonging to STart, and wrote it down as a must do for our art show coming up in April. I had my borders gift card out and ready to purchase online when I saw this post. I'll wait until Nov. 15 to make any purchases. :-)


mrsshukra said...

I like Me and My Robot by Tracey West!


Liza767 said...

my kids have tons of books and i hate to say we have no robot books it would be great for my 8 yr old

annies home said...

I love robots I can remember when the favorite toy was toy robots and still love that commercial about totinos where toy robots are second place

Jenn said...

My 15mo daughter loves interactive books. We don't have any robot books yet, but her daddy and I love the Wall-E movie!

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Jenn said...

I'm subscribed via email...and I LOVE your blog! Perfect for my budding little reader :)

sablelexi said...

This sounds like I would spend more time playing with it than anyone else.

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sablelexi said...

I follow you on twitter, and tweeted the contest here: http://twitter.com/sablelexi/status/29637731133

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ossmcalc said...

It was one of those things that I always wanted to do with my students - build their own robots and enter competitions, but just never got it done. I would love to have these books to share with my grandson. It would be right up my alley.

ossmcalc said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/#!/ossmcalc/status/29642852163. I also left out my email address in the previous posting. Hope that this will be enough to have it in this one.

thank you,


Forget Shyness Reviews said...

the robot book looks adorable! my email is littleheathen9109 @ Yah00 d0t c0m

Theresa N. said...

When I hear robot I think of Robot from Lost In Space "Danger Will Robinson, Danger". The Star Wars robots were much better.
Theresa N

Kristi Valiant said...

I have two recently released picture books that I illustrated for Accord, and as I was looking for my books on Accord's website, I saw this one and longed for it. It looks like so much fun!

Marie said...

My son would love this, he's big into robots. He has a pop-up book from the movie Robots that we found at a sale and its one of his favorite books.


Staci A said...

We love interactive books in our house too (and robots of course.) It's sounds like a book that would keep my little one entertained too!
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Some Lucky Dog said...

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Jaedyn said...

How totally cute is THIS? I love it! I don't have a favorite robot book, I don't think... this would be my first time and who knew they could be so cute? Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

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Jaedyn said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/kindred_spirit/statuses/566740534697985

Sandon and Othea said...

I work with robots for a living and my son is a robot freak!

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Louis H said...

I loved reading scifi / robots books by Stanyslav Lem - which he wrote ion the 50's - he was so far ahead of his time

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Louis H said...

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Anita Yancey said...

I have never even heard of a Robot book. But I think my daughter would like it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Unknown said...

This book sounds perfect for my more than reluctant reading son! Maybe it will be the book that changes his mind on reading, ok I can always hope!

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Unknown said...

I have subscribed to you via feed (Google Reader)
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A Grandma said...

My grandson would have fun with this book.

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An Apel a Day said...

Isaak likes the book Rusty Robot.
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pmj said...

I could use a robot book in my home!!!

Gina said...

We are just getting into robots around here. We'd love to win!

wmmahaney said...

This book looks like a wonderful way to encourage my child's imagination. He is always creating robots with his Lego's and I know he would love this.