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A Day with Wilbur Robinson Hardcover – August 22, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060890983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060890988
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr. 2. Each family is odd is in its own way, but none is as eccentric as young Wilbur Robinson's. Joyce expands on his 1990 title just in time for the story's film adaptation, Meet the Robinsons, next year. The basic story is the same: Wilbur's best friend describes a visit to the Robinson house, which begins when a giant octopus opens the door. New spreads include images of an uncle who throws snowballs and dinosaurs lounge poolside (the time machine was left on). The endpapers and cover have also been redesigned. As in the original, the real fun is in the tension between the deadpan words and the fantastical pictures: "It's kind of dull around here today," says Wilbur as a giant locomotive steams through the hall and an uncle shoots himself from a cannon. Save this for small groups, which will most appreciate the wondrous visual details. Gillian Engberg
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About the Author

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.


More About the Author

A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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My son (age 8) loved this book.
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William Joyce is one of those very rare talents who not only manages to do both these things masterfully but also in such a way as to make it all look so easy.
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What a great story line ... what a great concept ... what an imagination!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on January 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
'A Day with Wilbur Robinson' by William Joyce is about a funny story. The boys go looking for Grandfather Robinson and his teeth. They meet some weird people along the way.

My favorite parts were the big W's drawn as part of the words. I really liked the pictures.

I think kids age 4 - 8 would like it. I think both boys and girls would like it.

I give it 5 stars.

Reviewed by Young Mensan Eliot, age 5
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Telemachus on May 2, 2007
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I was afraid that my kids would not resonate to this book after expectations that it was the Meet the Robinsons book. That was not the case. My children love this book and have repeatedly asked to have it read at bedtime. There are similarities in the book to the movie, but the overall plot is quite different. The differences are quite enjoyable. It's a much simpler story, so it works better at bedtime and with a wider age range of children. The author and illustrator also created Rolie Polie Olie and the book has the same retro- cartoon style. The artwork is quite endearing. Would love to have some of the illustrations to hang on the wall.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Thorne on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a writer I know how difficult it is to create a story for children that appeals to them on their own level without talking down to them. It is, like comedy, one of the most challenging nuts to crack.

As an illustrator, the same is true.

William Joyce is one of those very rare talents who not only manages to do both these things masterfully but also in such a way as to make it all look so easy. If he had done no other books beyond A DAY WITH WILBUR ROBINSON he would have easily cemented his position as one of the finest creators of fantasy for children along with such luminaries as Milne, Sendak, Barrie and Seuss.

But he didn't stop here. He has a library of stellar works, each as beautifully executed as this and each as personal and yet different from the rest.

You will enjoy this book if you are a human being.

Five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By No One on April 10, 2011
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I bought this book because I'm a huge fan of the movie "Meet the Robinsons" which is loosely based on this book. I enjoyed reading the book. I note that the movie is only loosely based on the book, not only because it differs in some aspects from the movie, but because the only aspects that the movie really used from the book were the characters of the Robinsons and some of the ideas for their house and activities. The boy who is "Lewis" in this book is actually not named because the book is narrated in first person from his perspective, and he is strictly a friend of Wilbur in this book who spends a day visiting him and his interesting family. Many of the characters and events are similar to the movie as I stated, but aside from that the movie is an original story. However, I still enjoyed reading this book and it would be a good book for children whether or not they are familiar with the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonia M. Schellenberg on April 23, 2010
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I purchased this book after my four year old fell in love with Disney's "Meet the Robinsons." You will find most of the family members from the film in the book it was based on, but that's where the similarity ends. We enjoy the original as much as the film version, which makes it an excellent choice for any young reader (or listener), and I strongly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly T. on December 8, 2007
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We ordered this story book right after we bought and viewed "Meet the Robinsons," which we thoroughly enjoyed! I then had the opportunity to enjoy reading this story (on which the movie was based) to my 4-year old little boy. What a great story line ... what a great concept ... what an imagination! My kiddo got more excited with every page and the illustrations were incredible. I am now an official William Joyce fan. We look forward to enjoying many more of his creations in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that inspired the movie "Meet the Robinsons" but don't expect it to be the same stories. Similar characters, great illustrations and a fun story, but don't make the mistake of selling it to your kids as "the Meet the Robinson's" book. Just let it stand on its own and they'll recognize the characters if they've seen the movie.
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This story moved very slowly. I originally purchased this book after realizing that Disney's "Meet the Robinsons" was based on it. While the movie was inspiring and engaging, teaching important values about family and friendship, I found the book so boring and slow I couldn't finish it. I gave the book three stars because the illustrations are still enchanting. I love the style and humor. If you buy this book, realize it's greatest feature is it's art, and don't hope for anything as clever as the movie.
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