"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

1/9/15

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Snowbots

I'm back with another fabulous picture book to add to the lovely SusannaLeonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday project. And considering the extremely cold weather in my part of the world today (and the fact that my kids have a snow day off of school today!), I think I picked a good/appropriate one for this particular week!

Title: Snowbots

Author: Aaron Reynolds

Illustrator: David Barneda

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010

Age Range: 5-8 years

Theme/Topics: Snow, Robots, rhyme

First Page:
"In sleep mode,
snoozing,
lying down,
in houses throughout Clackentown
the citizens are unaware
of silver snowflakes in the air."

Synopsis: How do the robot children of Clackentown spend snow days? They have supersonic snowball fights, make robot angels with wing nuts moving up and down, take hot oil baths to thaw out the joints, and receive eskimo kisses on metal noses at bedtime.

Author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator David Barneda team up to tell a hilarious story about two favorite subjects—robots and snow days!

Resources: There are several websites with ideas for keeping your kids occupied during snow days. Here is one. Another one is here. And another here.

Why I LOVE it: Snow and robots- IS there a better combination? Add in some lovely rhymes and beautiful language (with super-fun, clever word play as related to these metal children), and, at least in my book, you've got a winner. I'm not sure I realized how delightful and sweet a book about robots could be. Funny, too :)

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog - and Susanna's ever-growing list of wonderful picture books.


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

14 comments:

  1. This is perfect for so many children out of school because of snow. The first thing thing I wondered about robots and water, was rust (Oz). But, I loved how they take hot oil baths to work out the joints. Very clever story that will delight many kids.

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    1. I agree - definitely a clever and fun one! Thanks for stopping by, Patricia!

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  2. I have to agree, Joanne - what could be a better combination than snow and robots? :) This sounds very fun!

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    1. Thanks, Susanna! Fun is definitely the right word for this one.

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  3. I wouldn't think that snow and robots would make a good combination?! But sounds like the author has worked it out nicely! I'll have to check this one out! Thanks!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by!

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  4. What a fun book. I'm sharing this with a friend right now.

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    1. It really is - I hope your friend likes it! Thanks for stopping by, Stacy!

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  5. Two things kids love, robots and snow days! Right! Great selection there Joann! :)

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    1. Thanks Clara - hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Wow, this looks hilarious! I will have to look for this one at my library.

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    1. It really is, Carrie - and sweet too. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like it!

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  7. this book looks like one my kids would have read over and over again when they were that age. Snowbots! Why didn't I think of that!

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    1. I'm sure my son would have too, Sue. Thanks for stopping by!

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