Synopses & Reviews
Clink was a state-of-the-art robot with the dazzling ability to make toast and play music at the same time. But that was many years ago.
Now kids want snazzier robots who do things like play baseball and bake cookies. So day after day, Clink sits on a shelf and sadly watches as his friends leave with their new owners. He almost gives up on ever finding a home—until the day Clink spies a boy who just might be able to be the right one for him. . . .
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and new talent Matthew Myers comes a funny and heartwarming story that lovers of Corduroy will adore.
"Though this is his picture book debut, illustrator Myers's vision of the robot Clink's world is fully developed. It's a place where toy stores sell shiny, talented robots who do homework and make chocolate chip cookies, while the chunky outdated robot Clink much cuter than the others, of course, with a toaster head and blocky red feet only plays music and makes toast. Kids line up for the cookie-making robots and wave lonely Clink's burnt toast away: 'He hadn't been programmed to cry, but somehow he leaked rusty tears every time.' Finally, a boy named Milton appears, who 'likes burned toast, is great at fixing things, and... loves to dance.' DiPucchio's (Grace for President) text percolates with plenty of humor, and the inevitability of the plot provides security for smaller readers. Myers has a wonderful time drawing gems like the victim of Clink's disastrous haircuts (the unfortunate girl looks like a trimmed hedge) and the polka-dot underpants a fellow robot offers to Clink as consolation. Extra marks for the distinctive combination of geek elements with a dash of sentimentality. Ages 4 7. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Kelly DiPucchio is the author of numerous children's books, including the New York Times
bestselling Grace for President
. She also wrote Dinosnores
, What's the Magic Word?
, and Bed Hogs
. Kelly lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and three children.
Matthew Myers was created in rural Oregon. After being programmed in fine arts and graphic arts at the Museum Art School in Portland, he functioned quite satisfactorily for twenty years as an advertising art director. He now paints and illustrates in Brooklyn, New York.