R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet

R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet

by Adam F. Watkins

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These noisy robots make the alphabet a hilarious adventure!

In this noisy alphabet book, Adam F. Watkins’s silly robots are building the alphabet. Featuring hilarious robots making goofy noises, this alphabet book is perfect for young readers.


These noisy robots make the alphabet a hilarious adventure!

In this noisy alphabet book, Adam F. Watkins’s silly robots are building the alphabet. Featuring hilarious robots making goofy noises, this alphabet book is perfect for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mechanical sounds and onomatopoeia, from ahoogah to zap, emanate from this “noisy alphabet.” Various robots toil on or near enormous letters in a grassy field, against an empty white sky. One automaton shelters from the “clang clink crash clank” of showering metal C’s, another uses an electric “jolt” on a giant J, and one stands near an oversize R to play “ratatattat” on a snare drum. Watkins’s (Literally Disturbed) robot caricatures feature antlike faces, toothy smiles, and sundry wheels or appliances attached to their jointed or telescoping limbs. Depending on the slapstick moment, such as hoisting a W with a helicopter’s “whirr” or emitting a flatulent “meep,” the bots wear cheesy grins or woe-is-me hangdog expressions. Noises aside, though, Watkins doesn’t explore the letters in a significant way. The riveted, finished letters serve as backdrops rather than purposeful props, with attention squarely focused on the robots’ antics. A few alphabet-themed items appear here and there (a rose, an umbrella) but largely come across as tacked on. Ages 3–5. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Various robots are cleverly depicted in colorful drawings that will capture the imaginations of young children in read-aloud or lap-sit settings. Complementing the clear bright, white sky and pleasing green lawn, which serve as a continuous background, is a crew of goofy robots in mostly angular shapes that present the 26 letters of the alphabet. Harmonious, vivid colors show them busy in their many activities as they build the letters with an assortment of tools and devices. There are several somewhat unusual and perhaps questionable words selected to represent the letters. For example, M is accompanied by the word "meep," and the art shows an embarrassed robot passing gas. For "N is for neigh," a robot is riding a robotic steed. The pictures exhibit careful attention to detail, giving children much to talk about, and they'll enjoy the creative alliteration and onomatopoeia. A spread with the complete alphabet follows the letter Z, with the gleeful robots admiring their work. All things considered, the sometimes weak text is heartily supplemented by the zany pictures.—Ellie Lease, Harford County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
The key to this alphabet book is the word "noisy" in the subtitle.The cover sets the scene as a team of idiosyncratic robots uses cranes and pulleys to hoist the letters that make up the title into place. Within, they drill, hammer and rivet each large letter, winding up with a full alphabet at the end. And it is noisy: Rather than representing objects in the way of a typical alphabet-book, each letter stands for a sound. Though some are predictable and nicely robotic (C is for "Clang," "Clink," "Crash," and "Clank"), others are not at all expected. E is for "Eek"; I for "ick"; J for "Jolt"; M for "meep" (a robot fart); Y for "Yoink." X is for "EXplode." At first the device isn't obvious, so readers will need to pay attention as the scenes develop. Each robot is constructed differently—there are both people and animal robots—and has a specific task that interacts with another. The robot atop the letter D is leaking oil ("drip drop"), which a robot with vacuum hose arms is sucking up. The double-page spreads of pen, ink and oil on board illustrations that create the assemblage of mechanical creatures will appeal to robot fans. Small details appear here and there, such as the mechanical duck that appears with both D and Q, and the blueprint endpapers add a clever touch.Gadget-minded kids will get a kick out of guessing what sounds come next. (Alphabet book. 5-9)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Adam F. Watkins has always had a passion for making pictures, for singing the alphabet song, and for robots. So it was no surprise to his friends and family that the first picture book he wrote and illustrated is about letters and, of course, robots. Adam lives in Southern Ohio with his wife and their two children. Whenever he’s not creating awesome and hilarious books, he’s thinking about new awesome and hilarious books. Although he has never successfully built a working robot (yet), he did master the alphabet at the age of five. www.adamfwatkins.com

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