Robot Zombie Frankenstein!

by Annette Simon

I am kookoo crazy bonkers for this book. Like, we’re talking nuts.

When I opened this book at the Candlewick Booth at ALA this summer and saw THOSE ENDPAPERS, I did this move: slam the book shut, say ‘no.way.’ about a billion times, and make my eyeballs about five times their normal size. True story. {You can probably ask Dianne de Las Casas, although at the time I think she was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the lovely Tammi Sauer‘s Princess In Training!}


I love this book. I love its unpredictability, its wacky pace, and its larger than life robots who have larger than life imaginations.

{And its author, Annette Simon — I love her, too!}

And I love, love, love the smorgasbord of shapes. Even the shape of the book itself is a big blocky square. Well, maybe it’s a slightly squished rectangle.

I’m not busting out the ruler on a holiday weekend!

You can’t tell me that his expression isn’t absolutely hysterical, can you?!

Remember those endpapers? They are a breakdown of all of the various robot parts. So brilliant. You could make this: (!!!!!!)

(image from this fun post!)

And I don’t want to give away the ending, but there’s a treat involved that makes this book an extra special read this tasty time of year. Read this book. Prepare for a zany adventure. Make that robot above, too!

P.S. — A huge heart shaped thank you to Candlewick for sending me this book. All thoughts are still my own. 


Speaking of robots — congratulations to LAURA S.! Did you win the Boy + Bot giveaway? AFFIRMATIVE! Email me your address, and these goodies will hit the road!


  • Posted November 23, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    this definitely looks like fun! Thanks for your take on squares, squiggles and spirally shapes.

  • Posted November 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    My son and I enjoyed this, but we agreed it might not be as appealing to the very young – still wonder. Some of the imagery might be too ‘close’ for the younger eye to discern.

  • Romelle Broas
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    You always make me want to run out and get the book you’re reviewing. Running out now! Looks like a whacky, fun book.

  • Posted November 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I love Candlewick books! This is a new one to me though, so thanks for sharing!

  • Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Fun bright shapes and colors! Those robots look awesome!

  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Squee! I won?!! Am I excited? AFFIRMATIVE! I’ll email you promptly.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Great post! I think I might have had the same reaction when I found it on our new materials cart. Thanks for sharing Bobo’s creation. I’ll be following you on Twitter.

  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Oh good! I’m so glad. Thanks for letting me share it. I can’t get over how adorable (and brilliant!)

  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    This book looks so awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Can robots blush? Affirmative! Thanks for the kind words!

  • Posted November 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh gosh, and that craft?! I die.

  • Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Isn’t Bobo’s Ninja Robot great? You can also build your own bot by downloading a free fun kit from my website, Thanks again!

  • Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    OMG. my zombie loving 6 yr old (???? I swear I have no idea how that happened) daughter will think this is the greatest thing she has EVER seen. No jokey.

  • Posted November 29, 2012 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Muszę przyznać, że twój blog jest bardzo zabawny i pomysłowy. Muszę to zreblogować, bo mi się podoba. :)

  • Posted November 29, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on mojetrendy and commented:
    Bardzo zabawne fotki. Muszę przyznać, że dziewczyna ma ciekawy styl publikacji. Polecam każdemu, kto interesuje się czymś nowym i specyficznym. Może nie jest to dla każdego, ale nie musi. :)

  • Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Aaahhh! That’s hilarious! I wish I’d thought of it. :)
    Loving this blog, going through the archives…