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My Robot Ate My Homework: Project Droid #3 Paperback – March 28, 2017
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[F]unny enough to keep fledgling readers turning pages." Kirkus Reviews on Science No Fair!
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Amanda Burwasser holds a BFA with honors in creative writing from Pratt Institute in New York City. Her senior thesis earned her the coveted Pratt Circle Award. A preschool teacher, she resides in California.
Mike Moran is a dad, husband, and illustrator. His illustrations can be seen in children’s books, animation, magazines, games, World Series programs, and more. He lives in New Jersey.
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Eight-year old Logan’s mother, a scientist, has created a droid whom others believe is his cousin Java. The challenge of a geography bee inspires Logan to study so he can defeat the Silverspoon twins – and, so he is not exposed as a cheater. Java has been doing Logan’s homework.
Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser are clever authors who know how to appeal to young readers. They take familiar situations such as classroom competition, boasting classmates, feeling unsure of your own talent when compared to others, and discovering your own strengths to draw young readers into the story. Logan’s first person narration makes the story more relatable. Humor and explaining familiar phrases – “hit a high note” – individuals unfamiliar with colloquialisms are used to advantage. The geography bee helps incorporate, unobtrusively, educational facts and information into the story.
Readers need not have read the first two books in this series to enjoy “My Robot Ate My Homework: Project Droid #3”. However, you need to be aware that your young reader may enjoy this book so thoroughly that you will find yourself ordering those two from Amazon.
book #1 Science No Fair!: Project Droid #1 It’s a pretty normal day for Logan Applebaum—until his inventor mother announces that she’s built him a new robot cousin. And Java may be really smart, but he’s also going to be a major handful. No one can know about his secret. This is going to be a long school year. With the third grade science fair coming up, though, Logan thinks maybe a super computer cousin could come in handy and he’ll finally have a shot at beating the nosey Silverspoon twins,Sherry and Jerry, who win at everything. But when Sherry and Jerry steal Java as their partner, and then start suspecting something is up with the new kid, can Logan think fast before this crazy experiment becomes an epic disaster?
Book #2 Soccer Shocker!: Project Droid #2 Logan's mom tells him that Java is joining his soccer team, the Purple Wombats, he’s not thrilled. It’s a lot of work teaching his new robot cousin how to act like a human—and keeping him out of trouble—and Logan needs a break. Still, being programmed for success means that Java’s also great at scoring. He might just turn the Wombats into a championship team, beating Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears . . . if he’d just let the other kids play, too. After being replaced as the Wombats’ MVP, Logan’s had enough. But when Java gets wet and goes on the fritz, can the whole team—even a short-circuiting Java—come together to score the winning goal?
Book #4 "Phone-y Friends" due out – September 5, 2017
In this third volume, Logan takes advantage of JAVA's knowledge to get his homework completed quickly. But fear not, parents: Logan quickly learns that it is more advantageous to complete his homework on his own when he learns there's to be a Geography Bee and he now has a reputation to uphold. As with many stories revolving around children, the antagonizing classmates and a crush are present, and for a special treat, you get the recipe for Chinese sesame noodles. There are a few illustrations interspersed throughout the story, and at 85 pages this is a chapter book that can be finished in a few days, or one lazy weekend day.
My nine-year-old daughter says it's "an awesome book because it's funny." She especially liked when JAVA the Robot "shook his butt," naturally. As a parent, I thought this was a pretty good chapter-book, and I was glad it was enjoyed. Logan, and my daughter it seems, both learned that they should always do their homework in order to succeed, and that's a good take-away lesson.
In the book, a boy has a "cousin" robot who goes with him to school. He convinces the robot to do his homework for him, and there is when trouble begins. I liked that the trouble was resolved by hard work. There is a lot of funny situations in the book when the droid understands somebody's words literally and acts on it. That was both funny and educational.
I see it is a third book in the series, but it was very readable without even knowing what happened there before. Well, they do tell you that the droid was built by the boy's mom, but that is it.
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