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The Robot Zoo: A Mechanical Guide to the Way Animals Work Hardcover – September, 1994

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Slightly reminiscent of David Macaulay's The Way Things Work, this striking book wows readers with its unique take on the animal kingdom. Each page features a small inset of one of 16 creatures, along with an abundance of related facts. But the real focus is on the animal's robot twin-and here Kelly and his cohorts pull out all the stops. Tongues firmly in cheek, they draw cutaway views to show each creature's "innards," and explain, from an engineering angle, the function of each part. The rhino robot, for example, has "solid casing to protect the computer (very thick skull protecting the brain)," and "dual food processors (stomachs)." The chameleon sports "protective sleeves for visual receptors (eyelids)" and "flat video screens" that "show camouflage patterns (skin cells called chromatophores lying beneath skin scales)." Brimming with detail, meticulously illustrated and enhanced by several gatefolds, this oversized volume will have young readers (and their adult counterparts) glued to the pages as they gain a real appreciation for the marvels of nature's engineering. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing; y First printing edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570360642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570360640
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.8 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must admit, I don't really "get" this book. BUT... my 7 year old came home after hearing something at school, all excited about this "real" Robot Zoo. I looked it up immediately and ordered this book. I was surprised at how big it is! It is full of info and has wonderful illustrations! He loves to compare what happens in an animal to what happens in his own body. He also loved showing it off to his engineer grandfather. The little guy now wants to be a designer when he grows up. He's just not sure if he wants to design cars, buildings, or even clothes. This book was inspirational to him.

While it too some time to ship, it didn't make the present less special in his eyes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hubenschmidt on January 14, 2013
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I used it as an introduction to robots for children. It has pictures and simple explanations about the real world as well as the robot world.
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