Synopses & Reviews
Perfect for high-energy story times, this cumulative tale is a madcap mash-up featuring robots, shapes in motley amalgamation, and . . . pie!
Squares, rectangles, ovals, triangles, and other colorful shapes are sorted and arranged into — two robots! But why stop there? Shape by shape, costume by costume, Robot and Robot play a game of oneupmanship that zips, zooms, and whirrs from friendly to hilariously out of control in nanoseconds. Robot Zombie? How about Robot Zombie Frankenstein? Can you handle Robot Zombie Frankenstein Pirate? What could be next? Where will it all stop? When the race makes a surprise (and delicious) turn, Robot and Robot are happy to be plain old robots — and buddies — once
"In Simon's Mocking Birdies (Simply Read, 2005), two singing birds faced off against each other. In this outing, Simon uses brightly colored shapes, substantial creativity, and a photograph of cherry pie to construct a story of robotic one-upmanship. In the opening scene, two robots one magenta, the other green with an orange necktie stare at readers from against a white backdrop and introduce themselves: 'Robot.' 'Robot.' The green bot dashes off and returns as a 'Robot Zombie!' (a chunk of its head is missing, ovals of red 'blood' drip from its mouth), and the other promptly tops its adversary with a 'robot zombie Frankenstein' costume, which adds a forehead scar, spiky toupee, and neck bolts. Matters escalate. 'Robot zombie Frankenstein pirate superhero-in-disguise outer space invader CHEF!' the robots shout, barreling toward each other. The cumulative chaos of the robots' costumes stands in humorous contrast to Simon's narrative and visual discipline, as she pokes fun at the human desire to be #1 and acknowledges the 'Where did that come from?' nature of in-the-moment creativity. Ages 4 8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Annette Simon was once a pie-loving advertising creative director who wrote and art-directed national print and TV campaigns. Now, shes a pie-loving author-illustrator who creates picture books, and she blames this particular book on the trickiness of her little sister and the deliciousness of her grandmas pies! Annette Simon lives in Florida.