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Hello, Robots Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0670059056
  • ASIN: B000C4SIJE
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This high-energy picture book goes a long way on a little plot, thanks to a clean graphic style, a staccato rhyming text, and a surefire kid-pleaser of a subject. The titular robots are Blink, Zinc, Blip, and Zip, each of whom has a specialty (cooking, repairs, gardening, and cleaning, respectively), and a different bright color, used both in the illustrations and in the font in which the robot's name appears. When the four spend a day outside, however, disaster strikes in the form of a rainstorm and fried circuits. Blink bakes a birdhouse, Zinc repairs an apple pie, Blip rakes the window, and Zip tries to shine the grass. But soon the intrepid robots solve their problems–by switching heads. Young robot fans will thrill to this simple tale, and the strong rhythm of the text makes it an ideal candidate for storytimes.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. Kids who love the idea of robots will like this book, and even those not naturally attracted to mechanicals will be drawn in by the fascinating computer-enhanced artwork that features crisp geometric shapes and Technicolor hues. The four sprightly robots (house servants all) who star in the story will keep them hooked. Tomato-red Blink cooks the meals; grape-colored Zinc fixes things made of steel; Blip the gardener is grass green; corn-and-gold Zip loves to clean. Each name appears in the text in its particular color. Part of the fun is the Teletubbies effect--watching these four colored-coded creatures interacting. But there's also a story: an electronic glitch causes the robots to slow down, forcing them to switch heads and rendering each a hybrid (now their names are dual-colored in print). Everything is thoughtfully designed, right down to the diamond-encrusted endpapers (each diamond holds one of the robots). Reminiscent of J. Otto Seibold's art, this brings the future home--literally. Ilene Cooper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Fox on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book would be a wonderful read-aloud to a class of kindergartners or first graders. The illustrations are bright and evocative, and the text is mnemonic and fun. It takes us through a 'typical' day with a group of robot friends performing their specialized duties. Uh-oh, it starts to rain and the wet robots short circuit, confusing tasks, for "When it comes to robot brains, nothing's worse for them than rain." They start fuddling up their work and decide they need to switch their heads, so they pop them off and trade them. All ends well for the mixed-up group, proving that teamwork and flexibility are key to getting things done right. There's a lot a teacher/parent could do with this book to inspire children's creativity: making colorful robot collages, designing robots for specialized functions, or creating 'mixups' with heads and bodies of different creatures/machines. What fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I heard "Hello, Robots" before I saw it, and because I was distracted, it didn't quite grab me like other Staake books did. My then three-and-a-half year old son, however, was immediately interested and wanted to check out the book. So we did. Then he didn't want to bring it back to the library, so we had to buy our own copy. Now whenever we read this book, i.e., every day and usually more than once a day, my son "reads" the refrain in a robot voice. I get it now. It's funny.

The illustrations are typical Bob Staake artwork, which is a shorthand way of saying that they are brilliant, funny, a bit twisted, and convey the unexpected. The two pages showing the robots in the rain so intrigue and worry my little boy that he has painted his own scene of robots in the rain. Good children's books entertain. Great children's books spark the imagination. Excellent children's books inspire. It's pretty clear to my young son what kind of books Mr. Staake creates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare L. Pollert on March 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this is a great book, very funny. my three year old loves it, and my husband and i still like it after reading it to him a million times. :) we all giggle and laugh, it is a fun read w/ nice illustrations.
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