Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon
Robot Zot is here to conquer the earth. His battle cry rings out: “Robot Zot – never fall. Robot Zot – conquer all!” He finds himself in a house and destroys a blender with his blaster. He then wrestles a vacuum cleaner tube on his way to blast his enemy, which happens to be a TV. But something surprising is waiting for Robot Zot! His Queen! He can only reach his ship if he makes it past the Commander General who is in his way and insists on licking his queen.
Robot Zot is a delightful romp of a book. The combination of Scieszka’s text with Shannon’s art is irresistible. Combine it with robots and outer space, and this is one book that you can expect to be read to tatters. Scieszka’s text is humorous, fast-paced, and surprising. The reveal of Robot Zot’s small size is done with such style in Shannon’s art as are other great humorous touches. The two work together seamlessly, sharing punchlines and big laughs smoothly.
A must-read for children who love robots and space, this book could be purchased just for the explosion of the television set. If read to a class, expect lots of blaster and explosive play. Inventive, funny and a great joy, this book is appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.
Also reviewed by Fuse #8.