Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites

Marc Rosenthal. PowerHouse/Pow!, $17.95 (16p) ISBN 978-1-57687-750-0
Eight charmingly eccentric robots demonstrate opposing words in this humorous lift-the-flap book. Lifting the top of a “big” robot that resembles a Big Green Egg grill reveals a “small” pink robot waving from inside its belly (the size of the typography helps highlight the concept, too). A robot with a pointy, steeple-like head gets “wet” in the rain, but a flap shows that its headpiece doubles as an umbrella to keep it “dry.” And a “happy” bucket-headed bot licks its robo-lips as it prepares to eat its ice cream cone, but a flap turn shows it “sad” when the scoops topple off the cone. A cheeky finale (a copper robot shows off the “front” of Rosenthal’s book to a crowd of robots while showing its “back” end to readers) caps this quirky exploration of opposites. Ages 2–5. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties (June)
Reviewed on: 05/25/2015
Release date: 04/21/2015
Genre: Children's
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