Baby Brains and RoboMom

Baby Brains and RoboMom

by Simon James
     
 

Kids will giggle and parents will smile (a bit sheepishly) as the world’s smartest tyke invents a robot that does the chores, and then some.

Everyone knows that Baby Brains is the smartest baby in the universe. He’s certainly clever enough to see how tired Mom and Dad seem to get keeping house and looking after him. Then Baby Brains has a big idea

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Overview

Kids will giggle and parents will smile (a bit sheepishly) as the world’s smartest tyke invents a robot that does the chores, and then some.

Everyone knows that Baby Brains is the smartest baby in the universe. He’s certainly clever enough to see how tired Mom and Dad seem to get keeping house and looking after him. Then Baby Brains has a big idea. He puts his genius to work building RoboMom, who can cook, clean, and do the laundry. The new invention is a smashing success . . . until RoboMom takes on a few too many duties, and the family gets more help than they bargained for!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
Baby Brains, hero of two previous books, astounds again with his intellectual precocity. He particularly enjoys inventing, and when he sees how tired his parents are, he puts together a Robomom to help them. The creature takes over the household chores, from ironing to cooking and cleaning. But when it begins to take care of Baby Brains, he starts to doubt the wisdom of his creation. Robomom washes him with the dishes, and then hangs him to dry on the clothesline. Mrs. Brains hears him cry and takes him down, just as Robomom explodes. A hug and family cooperation are what's needed—until Baby Brains comes up with the new, improved Robomom2. The visual tale is told with a lively ink line tinted with watercolors. There is a casual, cartoon look to the vignettes that describe in some detail the various inventive actions of Baby Brains. Much of the fun comes from his other machines, such as the "first remote-controlled self-rocking cradle." No doubt we can expect more fun from Baby Brains in the future. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Baby Brains is back and as funny as ever. Even as a newborn, he exceeded all of his parents' hopes and expectations for a clever child. In the first book he whizzed through medical school and outer space. This time around, he sticks close to home experimenting with his chemistry set and coming up with new inventions. Many of these projects, like the remote-controlled self-rocking cradle, are designed to make his parents' lives easier. Alas, they are still worn out. Mrs. Brains even falls asleep reading her son a bedtime story (Hamlet ). The wunderkind is sure that science and technology hold the answer, so he works all night to build "RoboMom." She helps with household chores, but soon starts doing too much. She makes a series of hilarious mistakes such as washing Baby with the dishes and leaving him dangling from the clothesline to dry, as he cries "I want my mommy!" He is rescued just before RoboMom explodes. He then makes a miniature version to vacuum while his human parents take care of the important stuff. The ink and watercolor illustrations are filled with warmth and playful details. Kids will laugh at the absurdity while adults chuckle at the wit. This is a delightful addition to James's sensitive yet playful body of work.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews
As clever and funny as the first two, this super toddler's third exploit again carries the message that there's no substitute for parental TLC. Having already invented a motorized stroller and a self-rocking cradle, the onesie-clad genius knocks together a robotic mom to give his exhausted human one a break-but then finds himself being washed in the sink with the dirty dishes and hung out on the line to dry with the laundry. Out rushes Baby Brains' real mom to the rescue, just as the metal one, who had been trailing an increasingly thick cloud of smoke for several pages, explodes. Wielding pen and brush with a free hand, James creates informal cartoon views of the tiny but confident-looking rugrat rejecting baby toys in favor of a laptop, chemistry lab and gas welder as his bemused but ever-fond parents look on. In the final scene, however, he nestles comfortably in his mother's lap for a shared story as Robomom Mark Two, now only a foot high, zooms past with the vacuum cleaner-leaving Davide Cal"'s similarly themed, witty but less broadly appealing Mama Robot (see above) in the dust. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763634636
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Series:
Baby Brains Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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