And the Robot Went…

illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. 32p. Clarion. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544586529.
PreS-Gr 1—Nosy Fox looks in a box and starts off a chain of repeated attempts to rebuild a disassembled robot. As new characters are introduced, they add new parts, but the robot still sputters and fails to function. Finally, "Me," a young blonde girl, appears with the key and cranks the robot to life, and off it goes. The text is playful and creative and a great way to introduce challenging vocabulary and the concept of rhyming words (eager beaver pulls a lever, blue gnu twists a screw). The repetition is reminiscent of that of "The House That Jack Built." The story is a mouthful but fun to read aloud. Ruzzier's illustrations are exciting and enticing.
VERDICT An excellent selection for any collection, especially those with fans of robots and noisy interactive stories.

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