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Hello, Robots Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2004
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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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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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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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.