Where to start....
I haven't read a children's book for a really long time, and I'm so glad this is the first one that came my way (I won it in a competition) for me to get stuck back into children's fiction.
Joseph Beekman is a fantastic storyteller, and manages to weave a tale that is both simple to read, yet so imaginative.
This story is fast-paced (just the way I like my books), but none of the characters or plot was compromised as a result. The story goes along at just the right level of speed to keep children and adults alike entertained. I would say that kids from about ten would get the most out of it, but a mature seven year old that is good at reading / good with words would love it too. From an adult's perspective, it's simply a joy to read.
Also, don't hesitate in buying it if you're not into robots. I thought I would have trouble with the robot concept, but I didn't - it was as cute as WALL-E :)
There's action, magic, twists and turns - thoroughly enjoyable - I can't think of a better word; it really was a joy to read.
Lastly, I have to say (we're all so used to snazzy book covers nowadays), please don't be put off by the plain looking cover. It hides a gem of a story.
I urge anyone to have a peek at the 'look inside' feature that Amazon offer for this book, to get a glimpse of the writing, although I have to say that the story really gets going after the sample shown, so please bear this in mind.
(Book source: I won this book in a competition)