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Frankenbots: Sunken City of Scraps

 

After fighting off invaders, the Frankenbots needed a new plan to protect themselves. The only problem was that none of them could agree on a solution. A fantastic opportunity presents itself in the form of a Sunken City. The Frankenbots must find a way to work together to succeed. A story of adventure, teamwork, and learning how to get along.

 

If you are looking for a good story, to interest your young readers, then this is it! This picture book employs both good story-telling techniques, along with clever and interesting illustrations. I would encourage any parent or mentor to get this book for their reader.

 

After fighting off invaders, the Frankenbots have become weary and must come up with a plan to defeat their enemies. However, they can not agree on a solution. When the Sunken City is found, the Frankenbots learn that they must find a way to work together or lose their fight against the Galactic Invaders.

 

In this story, the author uses rhymes to make his points memorable and delightful. Any child will understand the predicament of the Frankenbots, and will quickly realize the importance of teamwork. As such, the point of the story is accessible without being too "preachy".

 

The illustrations in this book are exceptional and do an incredibly good job of carrying the story along. I loved even the speech bubbles, which looked like something bots would use to make their speeches.

 

I would recommend this picture book to any reader. The story and illustrations are inclusive, relevant, and relatable. I read it several times over because it is so much fun! 

REVIEWED BY

Kareen Hewitt

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Frankenbots: Robot School Rules

 

When a group of friendly robots, led by Frankenbot Stu, gets inspired to start a school of their own, they encounter an old building with its own set of rules. A time machine appears, and the bots get so excited they forget to follow the rules. After a journey through time and space, the Frankenbots return home to a different world, proving sometimes rules are there for bots to follow.

 

 

As a parent who has two children fascinated with robotics, I jumped at the chance to read Frankenbots: Robot School Rules by Michael Ferrone. Immediately, the cover caught my eye. Very well constructed. 

 

Inside, the bots were drawn exceptionally well, each possessing their own style and personality. I loved the contrast from their shading to their big white eyes. Or eye, in some instances. Another fun design feature was the dialogue in speech bubbles. It was an excellent way to separate speaking time from action moments. 

 

I loved that robots have rules to follow at school, just like a human child does. The wording on them was cute. For example, "Use your inside beep." I can practically hear the giggles on that rule or kids speaking robotic to one another. I bet a few kids will pop up and move their bodies like a robot too. :)

 

A few words may stump beginning readers, but that won't stop them from loving the story and illustrations. I bet they'll be asking their parent or guardian to read this tale over and over again. 

 

Besides creating a remarkable story, the author has created free robot games for your kids. The link is in the end credits! I can't wait to check out the online games with my daughter. 

REVIEWED BY

Kameron Brook

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Frankenbots: Stu Saves the World

 

Loved it! 😍
A funny, creative story that inspires teamwork, sparks imaginative play, and hands-on discovery, and is a great addition to STEM activities.

A scientist named Sue loves to create, but her lab is a shambles and she can’t tell one part from another, so she mixes and matches and makes Frankenbots. Lots and lots of Frankenbots. She has a favorite among all these robots, and she names him Stu. Stu works around the house, helps Sue with her homework, and even follows her to school.

One day, Shadowbots arrive from outer space intent on taking over Earth. The Frankenbots bravely stand up to them, but they’re no match for the Shadowbots, who round them up and launch them into space. When they crash land on a barren planet with no way to get home, it seems to be the end of the Frankenbots and Earth. But Stu has an inventive solution that gets all his friends involved and shows that with cooperation any obstacle can be overcome.

Michael Ferrone’s clever and funny story will charm kids who love robots, science fiction, inventing, and a well-told tale. Sue is a relatable and creative child who, instead of fretting over directions, uses her own imagination to design her robots. Stu is a natural team player and leader that kids will love as much as Sue does. Ferrone’s engaging storytelling incorporates rhyming passages that make this story a joy to read aloud.

Ferrone’s intricately detailed illustrations are, quite literally, riveting, and his ingenious Frankenbots will enthrall kids. Children will linger over the pages to explore each bot and be inspired to draw or build their own creations. Humorous touches keep kids giggling, and a search-and-find game is a fun added bonus.

With a message of cooperation, friendship, and community, Frankenbots: Stu Saves the World is sure to be a favorite that kids will want to read again and again as they look forward to the next book in the series – Frankenbots: Stu and the Sunken City of Scraps.

REVIEWED BY

Kathryn Carroll

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