Reviews for Robots! : Draw Your Own Androids, Cyborgs & Fighting Bots
Booklist Reviews 2008 January #1
A cell-phone robot that flies? How about ears made from satellite discs? With simple detailed instructions, an inviting text, and entertaining cartoon scenarios on each double-page spread, Stephens explains, step by step, how to draw a variety of robots. He encourages kids to find inspiration in everyday things: a swing lamp can be the basis of a great mechanical arm. He also explains how to use a computer scanner to add details (steam irons make great monster feet). Puns, which abound in both words and images, add a little extra fun. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Stephens offers guidance for imagining and drawing robots. Going beyond the standard how-to book, he encourages young artists to think about the kind of creature they want to invent. Starting with simple lines and shapes, he demonstrates how to build the figures (though the pages' busyness make the actual directions hard to follow). A few robot facts are included. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.