Robot Zot: What’s he got? Scieszka & Shannon!

August 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka; illustrated by David Shannon; published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York; 2009.

Jon Scieszka, champion of reluctant readers and king of kid comedy, has written the perfect read-aloud book for boys and girls alike.  Imagine reading Zot’s parts in Robot Voice and then shifting into TV commercial announcer voice and then into the voice of the narrator.  And there are refrains for the children to repeat in their best robot voices.  But wait!  There’s more!  Fans of David Shannon will recognize the over-the-top, larger-than-life illustrations.  His close-ups (like Robot Zot’s crazed face when faced with the terrible General), ground shots and overhead views creates an almost cinematic feel for the adventure story.  Big kids will find a hidden, sub-story in the illustrations (look for the befuddled pet owner throughout the story).  His acrylics-on-illustration-board images have been meticulously reproduced, including details like brush strokes.

Of course I recommend that this book be included on lists for reluctant readers.  Anyone planning story times must use this book; it’s a natural read-aloud.  Also, it’s a must-read for fans of Scieszka and Shannon alike.


Entry filed under: for reluctant readers, Picture Book, Starred Review Book (Horn Book, Booklist. School Library Journal, Kirkus or PW). Tags: , , , , .

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