Reviews for Hello, Robots
Booklist Reviews 2004 December #1
PreS-Gr. 1. Kids who love the idea of robots will like this book, and even those not naturally attracted to mechanicals will be drawn in by the fascinating computer-enhanced artwork that features crisp geometric shapes and Technicolor hues. The four sprightly robots (house servants all) who star in the story will keep them hooked. Tomato-red Blink cooks the meals; grape-colored Zinc fixes things made of steel; Blip the gardener is grass green; corn-and-gold Zip loves to clean. Each name appears in the text in its particular color. Part of the fun is the Teletubbies effect--watching these four colored-coded creatures interacting. But there's also a story: an electronic glitch causes the robots to slow down, forcing them to switch heads and rendering each a hybrid (now their names are dual-colored in print). Everything is thoughtfully designed, right down to the diamond-encrusted endpapers (each diamond holds one of the robots). Reminiscent of J. Otto Seibold's art, this brings the future home--literally. ((Reviewed December 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
Each of four robots has a special function: Blink cooks, Zinc repairs things, Blip works outdoors, and Zip cleans. A sudden rainstorm results in the now short-circuited quartet switching household tasks to calamitous effect. Written in sometimes clumsy couplets, the overlong story features illustrations that give the robots (like the Teletubbies, they are red, purple, green, and yellow) a pleasingly retro look. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 August #1
Blink, Zinc, Blip, and Zip comprise an unusual household of brightly colored robots in this charming rhyme. Each has his own special skill that makes him happy: cooking, repair, gardening, or cleaning. The robots grin through several pages of their daily tasks, framed by the refrain, "Hello, robots! Metal robots! Smiling bolt to bolt." A rainstorm fries their robot brains, and suddenly the four can't do their jobs correctly-the apple pie gets repaired, and the television gets planted. How best to fix the mix-up? Why, swapping robot heads, of course! After the switcheroo, the robots-now wearing one another's contrasting-colored heads-can once again keep a lovely home, until they settle down for a tasty-looking afternoon tea. Chock-full of funny visual details (such as the pie baked on a backyard grill), with a thumping rhythm that makes this an excellent read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.