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The Twelve Bots of Christmas

. 32p. 978-0-80272-237-9.
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K-Gr 3—In Hale's steampunkish version of the famous song, Robo-Santa is a jolly old bot, shaped a bit like an old-fashioned fire hydrant. His gifts, ranging from "a Cartridge in a Gear Tree" to "Twelve Beat Bots thumping," are definitely more interesting to modern kids than partridges and drummers, while five golden rings have been replaced by "five BOT-TO-RIES" (definitely more useful to and coveted by the electronic crowd). The brightly colored digital artwork pays subtle homage to everything from Star Wars to Dr. Who and rewards careful study with fun details. Not a necessary purchase, but one that will be appreciated by budding robot fans.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Hale's imaginative robotic spin on the classic Christmas song includes a Robo-Santa, who looks like he's been cobbled together from spare parts, and featured gifts such as "Two Turbo-Doves." The digitally created art comes together in one final spread, where "Droids a-dancing" boogie next to "Beat Bots thumping." There's plenty of fun here for techies and gadget fanatics.

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