Weird Little Robots

By: Carolyn Crimi

Illustrator: Corinna Luyken

Nine-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.


Black-and-white illustrations done in ink, pencil, and gouache.

ISBN: 9780763694937

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Science , Robotics , Clubs , Friendship , Bullying , Technology , Magic

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Eleven-year-old Penny Rose’s new home is a bit lonely. She appreciates her kind and loving parents, but she doesn’t have any friends yet. She makes a wish while she’s working on building robots out of recycled materials and meets the girl who lives closest to her, Lark. Lark is kind of strange, but it turns out they have a lot more in common Eleven-year-old Penny Rose’s new home is a bit lonely. She appreciates her kind and loving parents, but she doesn’t have any friends yet. She makes a wish while she’s working on building robots out of recycled materials and meets the girl who lives closest to her, Lark. Lark is kind of strange, but it turns out they have a lot more in common than Penny Rose thought. Lark likes to find materials and build birdhouses. When Lark sees Penny Rose’s robots, they decide to build a Robotown for the robots. Then the robots come to life. The girls agree that no one else should know about this, but when Penny Rose gets an invitation to join a secret science club, she’s intrigued enough to show the club members the robots. When Lark realizes what Penny Rose has done, she feels betrayed. This book is an unusual combination of modern technology and fairy tales. The language feels old-fashioned even though the subject matter is current. The friendship theme and connections to technology, persistence, and problem-solving will appeal to a variety of students, though the artwork depicts all characters as white. This would be a solid addition to an elementary library that wants to add books about STEAM or friendship.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763694937

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Science, Robotics, Clubs, Friendship, Bullying, Technology, Magic,

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