Mama Robot

Overview

A robot mom would be fun to have. It would never make you clean your room or eat your vegetables. It would do whatever you wanted it to, even your homework. But does a robot mom know how to cuddle you like your real mom? Could a robot mom give you hugs and kisses just like Mom does?

Mama Robot is a testament to mothers around the world as a young boy discovers what motherhood is really about, and what makes his mama so special.

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Overview

A robot mom would be fun to have. It would never make you clean your room or eat your vegetables. It would do whatever you wanted it to, even your homework. But does a robot mom know how to cuddle you like your real mom? Could a robot mom give you hugs and kisses just like Mom does?

Mama Robot is a testament to mothers around the world as a young boy discovers what motherhood is really about, and what makes his mama so special.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…Mama Robot is a perfect melding of text and illustration in a story that satisfies.” – Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.

A young boy, unhappy with his mother's frequent absences and orders, decides to make a robot mom. She will not only be there all the time for him but also will protect him from hazards like the school bully. And she will cook "ONLY what I like," and "NEVER yell at me!" But when he builds his amazing robot mom, he finds her unsatisfactory. She is not soft, she does not smell nice, and she does not know how to cuddle. So he takes the robot mom apart. After a hug and kiss from his real mom, he shows her his clever new construction, a robot dog. The rather straightforward text is accompanied by Cantone's deliciously comic mixed media visuals. Our narrator is a cylindrical fellow with a banana-like nose and ping-pong ball eyes set on the top of his head. There is also Fluffy the cat with an almost endless tail. The robot mom looks like a brass boiler. The double-page scenes, divided into smaller spaces on occasion by a strip of frilly cloth, contain intriguing objects unmentioned in the text but adding to the zany character of the story. Do not pass by the end pages either. This tale of fun may also help reinforce the benefits of having a real but busy mom. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Kirkus Reviews
Weary of never seeing his working mother after school, a lad imagines building a robotic parent who would make all his favorite foods, do his homework, never tell him to brush and would take care of the odd bully or obnoxious neighbor to boot. In Cantone's scribbly, amusing illustrations, both child and barrel-shaped metal mother sport big fixed grins as they scoot through a set of skewed-perspective settings, leaving trails of bric-a-brac and startled passersby. "Mom" resembles an oversized canister vacuum cleaner with flexible pipe for limbs and, oddly, coffee cups for breasts. It all sounds pretty ideal-but in the end, realizing that robots aren't soft or nice smelling, and can't supply cuddles, the young inventor goes for a robot dog instead. Good choice, kid. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768736
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.84 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Davide Calì began his career in 1994 as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children’s books in 2000, and since then he has published twenty books for children; the first four of which he illustrated himself. His book Piano Piano received a 2006 Bologna Ragazzi Special Award and the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize. He is also the coauthor of I Can’t Wait, winner of the 2005 Baobob Prize. Calì has received the Belgium Libbylit Award, and France’s SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, and Austria, and translations of his books have been published in eighteen countries. Calì lives in Genoa, Italy.

AnnaLaura Cantone is the award-winning illustrator of over thirty books. A graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, she has been twice selected to participate in the annual Bologna Book Fair illustration competition, held in Italy. Cantone has been published in Switzerland, France, and the United States. She lives with her husband in Milan, Italy.

Marcel Danesi has a PhD in Italian linguistics, and taught Italian for twenty-five years at the University of Toronto, where he is now the director of the Semiotics and Communication Theory program and a professor of anthropology, specializing in youth culture. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. Danesi is published extensively in English and Italian. He lives in Toronto.

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