The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Aug. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823446988.
PreS-Gr 4–This the tale of a king and queen (he with white skin, she with brown) who long for a child. Their wishes come true with the help of a kind inventor and a good witch, and they end up with not one child but two: a wooden robot boy and his princess sister. There is a slight glitch as one might expect in a fairy tale—the princess turns into a log nightly and has to be woken each morning with a magical phrase. Despite this relatively minor detail, the siblings enjoy their lives until one day a dramatic turn of events sets them on an action-packed adventure, requiring them to each rescue the other on their perilous journey home. With pen drawings colored digitally, Eisner-winning Gauld’s picture book debut is a story full of fairy-tale magic with timeless touches and modernity woven together seamlessly. The brilliant pacing of the story, accomplished in both illustrations and text, make this a truly delightful tale that will be enjoyed by a wide ranging audience. With heroic beetles and delightful multiracial siblings, this is a magical offering.
VERDICT Utterly charming and full of positivity, magic, and love, this is a must-have for every collection.

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