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Sunday, November 15, 2015

PrePARe for a ROBO-LUTION: Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin

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WELCOME to S8TisFACtion 4 InS8Tiable REAders.
My name is RB-G2 (Robo-Blogger, class Gina from district 2).
We R here 4 your reading needs.

2DAY we R taking over your computers...I mean, the blog waves to share with you a memorable trip through the pages of a recently release Story Book you'll want to experience first hand.  Why?  Because I told you to and computers always know best.

Just kidding.

Without further ado, let me introduce today's ROBO-riffic title that's sure to please readers of all makes, models, and circuitry.  Today's book of choice is...

Adam Rubin
Illustrated by
Daniel Salmieri
Dial Books

This book has all the power of a CPU with the capacity for laughs of an extended hard drive.  It begins with a young boy wanting to play robots and having no willing partner other than his trusty dog.  In his disappointment, he stumbles upon a recipe for ROBO-SAUCE that can turn anything into a ROBOT. Sound too good to be true?  Perhaps...but that doesn't stop him from trying it himself and guess what?  IT WORKS!  Enter ROBO-BOY, ROBO-DOG, and pretty soon...ROBO-everything until finally, the story no longer belongs to you, I, or the little boy...but the ROBOTS! 
*dun dun dunnnnnn*

Seriously!  I was reading along and thinking well, this one will be great for the boy readers or robot fans out there but as for me, it's sorta meh...or at least that WAS me until I got to this amazing, wild, and wonderful story switcheroo! No, really.  It's not just that the robots take over the story, but they actually take over the book in your very hands, leaving you with a COMPLETELY different story AND book than what you started out with.  Don't believe me?  Well then, BOOP beep BEEP boop to YOU too...and you'll still have to grab a copy to find out just what AMAZING, WILD, and WONDERFUL transformation I'm referring to because I'm not spoiling it, no siree.

In the end, it's a story about a boy, his love of robots, and just what could happen if one stumbles upon a magical recipe that seems to good to be true but isn't.  It's also a good reminder that unless one wants to turn into a robot, you should probably NOT ignore those wanting to play at it in the mean time.

What's that Hamilton?
You want to play robots?
Didn't I say I was busy blogging right now?



About the ROBO-writer...

Adam Rubin has been very involved in improv theater, and has even appeared in several commercials, doing a flying somersault catch in a White Sox ad and falling off a roof for the Lotto. Formerly in advertising, he lives in New York City writing full time. Visit his website at

...and the ROBO-illustrator....

Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books. He grew up in New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene...), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website at  

Don't miss seeing this duo in action in a special ROBO-tastic vidEO make especially for you!


Special thanks to REaD-R (“Reading Enthusiast and Digitoid – Rachel-Class”) at Penguin Young Readers for the ROBO-review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, illustrator, or publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the ROBO-lookout for it one a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. 

Until next time...*beep*BOOP*beep*BEEP*boop*...and happy reading!
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