Reviews: Robot Burp Head Smartypants by Annette Simon

Robot Burp Head Smartypants! by Annette Simon (Candlewick, Expected Publication February 25th 2014)

Since this blog covers all sorts of science fiction and fantasy for kids, that means I’ll be trying to do the occasional picture book reviews on the blog.  Probably one of the most familiar science fictional topics that makes it into picture books for kids are robots.  Stories of robots range from the serious, to the dangerous, to the wacky and wild.  This particular title falls into the wild and wacky  style of story.

Our characters are two robots who have just decided to have a huge gulp of motor oil.  It seems motor oil affects these two robots like extra fizzy soda  affects some people.  Let the burp wars begin!  In stunts that would make any Burpmeister proud these two competing robots engage in friendly competition to see who can burp the most impressively.  From burping numbers to letters to silly songs, these two characters constantly increase the achievement level.  They keep it up until the motor oil runs out and one bite-sized burpmeister manages belch them out of the park.

The art is based on simple geometric shapes on spare white backgrounds, allowing the story to be focused solely on our two mechanical characters, the objects they have and their antics.  Readers familiar with the creator’s  other works will recognize our robotic pals back for more  from Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (2012).  The simple digitally created images and bright colors will work well to engage young listeners and larger audiences for read alouds.  The challenge, I think will be up to whether the adult reading aloud the story will be up for the humor.  This book demands a dramatic reader with a very silly sense of humor who can bring it to life. (Slightly older children may want to read it for themselves and may demand fizzy drinks to create the right effects.)A good book for the 2-6 age range, particularly for a lively and animated read-aloud.

For young reader who enjoy picture book robots also check out:

  • Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf Books, 2012)
  • Robot Zot! by John Sciezka, illustrated by David Shannon (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Note: An advanced reader copy was provided by the publisher.

Publisher: Candlewick

Expected Publication Date: February 2014

ISBN13:     9780763665821

Recommended for ages 2 to 6.

About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

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