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The Twelve Bots of Christmas Hardcover – September 28, 2010
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–In Hale's steampunkish version of the famous song, Robo-Santa is a jolly old bot, shaped a bit like an old-fashioned fire hydrant. His gifts, ranging from “a Cartridge in a Gear Tree” to “Twelve Beat Bots thumping,” are definitely more interesting to modern kids than partridges and drummers, while five golden rings have been replaced by “five BOT-TO-RIES” (definitely more useful to and coveted by the electronic crowd). The brightly colored digital artwork pays subtle homage to everything from Star Wars to Dr. Who and rewards careful study with fun details. Not a necessary purchase, but one that will be appreciated by budding robot fans.Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author
NATHAN HALE is the author and illustrator of the picture book The Devil You Know, and the illustrator of The Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas, Animal House, and Balloon on the Moon. He has also illustrated two graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale. Nathan and his family live in Utah.
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After reading this book, even my DAUGHTER (the least into techie stuff) was singing the new Robot Version of 12 Days of Christmas. My 9yr old son liked it as well and especially loved looking at the robot illustrations. Hale did a great job at adapting the language...I'm sure it was harder than the results look...they seem effortless. My favorite Bot has to be Santa, though. Kudos to doing a great inventive Christmas book.
The book is okay. It is clever, the illustrations are interesting, but it does not have the energy I hoped for. It has not caught the eye of our family as I thought it would. Perhaps it will grow on us over time, but it is not a favorite holiday book for our family.