In this jaunty debut, "R Robot," a stocky blue robot with a single antenna and mechanical pincers, has an important job to do at the factory: locate a missing robot "who was last seen at lunchtime the day before." All of the robots--who resemble R Robot, other than some variations in size, color and appendages--join in the search for their missing friend, making a "big mess" in the process. When lunchtime rolls around, the robots discover that "Big Cooker" (a colossal barrel-shaped robot wearing a chef's hat) is malfunctioning and send in R to investigate. Readers are likely to guess the source of the clog and laugh aloud when R Robot, the headless missing employee and a spray of metallic detritus spew out of Big Cooker's backside. (R Robot uses the "extra head" he always brings to work "just in case" to fix up the missing robot, though the final page oddly shows the newcomer with an orange, not blue, head.) With charisma to spare, the robots--expressive even without defined facial features--carry the simple story line to its rollicking conclusion. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)[Page 62]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
PreS-K-A turquoise, beetle-shaped robot joins his brightly hued coworkers in seeking a missing friend and repairing the broken "Big Cooker Robot." Though his small face lacks any features, R Robot's valor is evident as he enters the enormous Cooker. He uses the light from his spare head that he always takes to work to find and remove the clog-the missing robot. Busy, full-page spreads in energetically colored acrylics are backed by splotched spray-painted backgrounds. Kuszyk's industrial art includes comedy when the variously shaped machines team up to solve problems of height, heavy load, or repair. The mostly simple-sentence text is an ideal complement to the topic and illustrations. Given the recent popularity of robot stories, this will be a hit with children.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA[Page 65]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.