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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: Balloon Toons
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books (February 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609050630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609050634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan Sias is a writer and illustrator. He storyboarded 20th Century Fox and Bluesky Studio's movie Robots and worked on the Children's Television Workshop show Pinky Dinky Doo. His cartoons have appeared in Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Found Magazine.

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So fun and creative.
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I love that it is fun to read and that it gets her imagination going.
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We love reading this to our daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne de Las Casas on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Zoe has a problem with her robot. He has no imagination and he cannot pretend. When she asks him to climb on top of a mountain (made of pillows), Robot only sees a pile of pillows. Zoe dresses him with special gear and and some "magical" goggles. Finally, after Zoe exhausts all efforts, Robot sees mountains and learns how to pretend. This charming graphic novel for the picture book set is full of vivid comical illustrations and easy to read text. The simple story is illustrated with zany cartoon art guaranteed to capture the imagination of young readers. And I don't even have to pretend that this is a great story!
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Zoe, a young girl, asks Robot, her large robot, to go mountain climbing with her. But when she leads Robot to the mountain, all Robot can see is a pile of pillows. Zoe realizes she must teach her Robot how to pretend.

Zoe tries several ways to teach Robot, but nothing seems to help. Then, almost spontaneously, Robot begins to speak of a pillow as a fluffy cloud and Zoe and Robot are happy.

The book is a graphic novel, with simple text and bright illustrations.

"'Ta-daa! Welcome to Mt. Pillow,' says Zoe.

`Robot does not see a mountain,' says Robot.

`You need to pretend,' says Zoe.

`Zoe, Robot is a robot. Robots do not know how to pretend,' says Robot."
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Zoe & Robot is the perfect bridge between "easy readers" and graphic novels. It's kinda the perfect gift for people who want to introduce the joy of comics to the very young. Definitely this over Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns! ;)

The bright colors, pleasing designs and story are all super appealing. Everything about Zoe & Robot is fun! Bonus points if you read the robot's voice out loud in your best robotic voice.
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This is nice book. I bought it for my seven-year old daughter since she can tend to be too serious or too literal. The robot is a great tool in the story for showing how this attitude can be limiting. However, I would have liked to see:

* A longer story (it's over too fast)
* A better explanation / reason for why the robot learns to pretend
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More About the Author

Ryan Sias is the author of "Are You Eating Something Red?" (Blue Apple Books). His story and illustration work has appeared in the "Take Along Learning" series of activity/coloring books, Nickelodeon magazine, the Flight series (Villard) and Mad magazine. He publishes a comic, "Silent Kimbly" on the educational website Funbrain.com.

Ryan has considerable experience in the world of television and film. He has directed videos for Barney and Chuck E. Cheese and his storyboarding credits include the movie "Bowling for Columbine," "Robots," "Pinky Dinky Doo" and "Maya & Miguel" for Scholastic Entertainment. He is currently working with Sesame Street.

Ryan's artist temperament was shaped at an early age by his father, an industrial designer, and his mother, a kindergarten teacher. "Sesame Street" and the author, Dr. Seuss, fuelled his creativity and early on he developed a passion for drawing monkeys and monsters. In middle school Sias was diagnosed as dyslexic. While this didn't make academics any less challenging for him, it did get him out of Spanish class and into extra art classes.

Ryan earned a B.F.A at the Ringling School of Art in Florida, where he created the puppet troupe, the "Patchwork Puppets" and performed in schools, libraries and theme parks. After working for five years at ReelFX in Texas as an art director for videos he moved to New York to pursue his television and children's book illustration career.

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