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A highly entertaining method of introducing a concept... Simon tells a simple, humorous tale of two robots and their imaginative play and quick costume changes... This hilarious title works for one-on-one sharing as participants can discuss the many different shapes shown, and in a group setting where children will laugh at the rivalry of the two mechanical characters. Great fun!
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Simon uses brightly colored shapes, substantial creativity, and a photograph of cherry pie to construct a story of robotic one-upmanship... The cumulative chaos of the robots’ costumes stands in humorous contrast to Simon’s narrative and visual discipline, as she pokes fun at the human desire to be #1 and acknowledges the "Where did that come from?" nature of in-the-moment creativity.
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Annette Simon was once a pie-loving advertising creative director who wrote and art-directed national print and TV campaigns. Now, she’s a pie-loving author-illustrator who creates picture books, and she blames this particular book on the trickiness of her little sister and the deliciousness of her grandma’s pies! Annette Simon lives in Florida.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763651249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763651244
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annette Simon says that when she was in kindergarten, she was named Best Artist in her class.

When she was in the third grade, she won her school's Fire Prevention Week poster contest.

After she graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Annette earned awards as an advertising creative director.

Now, she writes and draws for young readers. Simon says she could not feel more honored.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert sharp on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son is a fan of robot books. When I received a review copy of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! I was super excited to see what he thought. I pictured us sitting down on the couch and reading the book together.

I was wrong.

I showed him the book and he quickly snatched it out of my hands and took it upstairs to his room. "Um..Breslin? Do you want me to read you the new robot book?" No response. "Breslin?"

"No thanks, Dad. I'm going to read this book by myself."

15 minutes later I walk upstairs and say, "Hey Bres-".

"Dad, I'm sorry, but I'm busy reading this book right now."

A little while later it was bedtime. "Okay, Breslin it's time to go to bed."

"Dad, do you want to read Robot Zombie Frankenstein!, it's really awesome," Breslin said. Talk about a smart kid. He totally played me. He knew that I was dying to read the book, and now he had me right where he wanted me: 10 extra minutes before he had to go to bed.

I sat down with my son and Robot Zombie Frankenstein! We spent 15 minutes reading the book, but we never even got to the 32 pages in the middle. You see, Robot Zombie Frankenstein! has one of the coolest inside front and back covers that I have ever seen. On the inside cover you find an array of colorful shapes from the robots inside the book. The shapes are labeled things like: oval, rectangle, line. The back cover has the same shapes, but this time they are labeled the names of the robot parts: eyeball, robot arm, and speediness.

After Breslin went to bed, I snuck into his room and snatched the book. I sat down, by myself, and found that the story was as good as the inside covers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Davis on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Smile right along with your child as you both enjoy this entertaining romp. Two geometrically inspired, brightly colored robots compete to see who can come up with the best costume, and eventually decide there's something even better than being the best. Pie. Simon has the amazing gift of delightfully surprising the reader with each page turn. From verbal creativity in her robot language, hilarious costume changes, and even the visual surprise of a photograph after all those glorious, disarmingly simple spreads, this is a book you won't mind reading again and again. There's great opportunity to come up with your own silly games as you and your audience, whether one child or a room full of kiddos, see how creative you can get. Books that inspires creativity like this one does are five-star gold mines. No, six star treasure troves. No, billion star galaxy wonders. And so it goes . . .
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By JenAtMentorTexts on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book hits so close to home right now because my two sons are starting to develop some sibling rivalry. Peanut will be five in May and Little Bean will be two in July. They are starting to argue over toys or to compete for attention from me and my husband. I can see these robot guys as my sons, trying to always outdo each other!
I love how this book easily lends itself to working on prediction. Once kids catch on to the premise that each page turn will bring a new variation on their costumes, it's fun to predict what kind of costume they might change into next. For non-readers or early-readers, this book is also excellent for using the pictures to help us figure out what is happening in the story. I turned a few pages and let my oldest's eyes wander around the picture as he tried to figure out how the costume on this page was different from the previous page. It's so much fun.
The repetition of the line and adding on a new costume every time they change makes this a great read aloud. It reminds me of books like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or Mother Goose's The House That Jack Built except this is refreshing and fun. I know those books can get really lengthy - fast. This book puts a totally new spin on this type of story and it's truly refreshing. The wording is also simple so kids can chime in without having to read the words.
I cracked up at the end of this book, too! By the end I was really reminded of Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. I love how the characters play off of each other in those books and how so much is left for the readers to infer. I totally wasn't expecting the ending but I love how simple the robots' antics can be solved. It's clear that they are friends and when it's all said and done, they can go back to being friends again.
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Format: Hardcover
I am always on the lookout for great books for boys, as I scour the shelves of my local bookstores and public libraries. It's not always the easiest thing to find books that will grab and keep the interest of my wiggly little five-year-old boy, and maybe even teach him something along the way. Annette Simon's newest book, Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (released today, April 24), fits the bill as a boy-centric concept book that is all fun.

First, meet two robot buddies, Robot and Robot, made out of shapes and lines (cleverly displayed on the inside covers).

Quickly realizing that being the same is no fun, they launch into fast and furious costume changes. Zombie...Frankenstein...Pirate...the ideas pile up, turning into full-fledged chaos! Simon perfectly captures the bouncing path that creativity often takes through a child's mind, often making absolutely no sense to the casual observer, but making perfect sense to the child at play. Of course a superhero in disguise should also be an outer space invader, right?

The little robots emerge victorious buddies with a mouthful of pie, but their roundabout path will have you giggling. Yes, and your kids will chuckle too.

As illustrations, Robot and Robot jumped off the page, bright colors starkly contrasted against a white backdrop. Attention grabbing? Absolutely. I also loved being able to flip to the inside of the cover and ask my kids if they could find the different shapes throughout the story. Ovals, rectangles, semicircles, lines, and squares are all hidden in the little robot montages, and even my two-year-old was able to track them down. It's a great little story, full of craziness and friendship, pirates and superheroes.

It definitely makes my list of "boy-approved" books.

Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review, but all opinions are my own.
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