Fans of the best-selling Dragons Love Tacos will devour Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri’s newest story, a hilarious picture book about robots that magically transforms into a super shiny metal ROBO-BOOK.
FACT: Robots are awesome. They have lasers for eyes, rockets for feet, and supercomputers for brains! Plus, robots never have to eat steamed beans or take baths, or go to bed. If only there were some sort of magical “Robo-Sauce” that turned squishy little humans into giant awesome robots… Well, now there is.
Giggle at the irreverent humor, gasp at the ingenious fold-out surprise ending, and gather the whole family to enjoy a unique story about the power of imagination. It’s picture book technology the likes of which humanity has never seen!
Is there an award for best gatefold ever? Then tell Rubin and Salmieri to get out their tuxes, because this book has the one to beat. Their premise is simple: a boy loves dressing up in a homemade robot costume and terrorizing his family ("robo-poke! robo-grab! robo-stomp!"). When the smooth-talking unseen narrator offers the kid a chance to become an actual robot by drinking the "Robo-Sauce" of the title, the boy can't resist; he then uses the sauce to engineer a full-scale robot takeover, which includes the very book readers hold. A gatefold late in the story can be extended and wrapped all around the book's fa ade, transforming it into a metallic, orange-accented "Robo-Book." Grownups who hate fun may question the staying power not to mention physical resilience of the book's novelty element. But rest assured that it's a very funny story, too, as the narrator finds out that he's inadvertently brought about a robot apocalypse. The Robo-Times's critical assessment (as blurbed on the robo-story's new back cover) says it best: "Beep Boop!" Ages 4 8.