Robomop

Robomop

by Sean Taylor, Edel Rodriguez
     
 

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This is Robomop, a hardworking robot who's good at his job, which is cleaning...well, yes, the public restroom. But it's not all mopping, slopping, rubbing, and scrubbing. Robomop also does a wicked honky-tonk dance to the window washer's radio, and he dreams of seeing the sun and sky. So when he's carried outside one day, Robomop believes his wish has come true at

Overview

This is Robomop, a hardworking robot who's good at his job, which is cleaning...well, yes, the public restroom. But it's not all mopping, slopping, rubbing, and scrubbing. Robomop also does a wicked honky-tonk dance to the window washer's radio, and he dreams of seeing the sun and sky. So when he's carried outside one day, Robomop believes his wish has come true at last. Has it? Well one thing is for certain: for this little robot, finding his place in the world means never giving up trying.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Taylor (Huck Runs Amuck!) tells a poignant story, but featherlight humor keeps it free of sentimentality. Robomop, an automatic cleaning robot with the looks of William Joyce’s Rolie Polie Olie and a long-suffering personality not unlike that of C-3PO, is consigned to a basement lavatory, and he wants out—but he can’t climb stairs. He yearns to “see the world, feel the sunshine, and fall in love,” but his escape attempts are unsuccessful and what looks like an exciting development—the appearance of a lovely “bio-morphic bellebot cleanerette”—leads instead to unemployment. Rodriguez (Sergio Makes a Splash) combines midcentury nostalgia with gentle mechanical comedy in his woodblock prints. Working in sun-bleached oranges and greens, he gives Robomop the charm of Chaplin’s Little Tramp as the robot dances “a small honky-tonk dance every time somebody arrived” in the hope that they’ll sell him to the circus. Nothing goes according to plan, but Robomop finds happiness in a quieter way. This one should hit the top of many bedtime stacks. Ages 5–8. Agent: Celia Catchpole. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Feb.)
Booklist
"Offers up a happy ending that involves friendship, love, and, well, honky-tonk music."
Daily Candy "Fresh Picks for Little Readers"
One of Daily Candy's Favorite Spring Books for Kids: "Pure silliness that somehow all computes."
The Huffington Post
"Thrill to the geometric exuberance of these drawings . . . [plus] a stubbornly cheerful finale, and honky-tonk soundtrack throughout." — 9 New Picture Books That Need Rescuing from Permanent Obscurity
LMC
"Rodriquez's whimsical illustrations. . .add to Taylor's uncommon tale. Educators looking for a new title to add to their books about persevering may find this to be that book."
Daily Candy “Fresh Picks for Little Readers”
One of Daily Candy's Favorite Spring Books for Kids: "Pure silliness that somehow all computes."
From the Publisher
"This one should hit the top of many bedtime stacks." - Publishers Weekly

"Offers up a happy ending that involves friendship, love, and, well, honky-tonk music." - Booklist

"This humorous story shows that everyone has a place in the world and should never give up. The illustrations are reminiscent of vintage picture books and brightly fill each page....A unique addition." - School Library Journal

One of Daily Candy's Favorite Spring Books for Kids: "Pure silliness that somehow all computes." - Daily Candy “Fresh Picks for Little Readers”

"Thrill to the geometric exuberance of these drawings . . . [plus] a stubbornly cheerful finale, and honky-tonk soundtrack throughout." - 9 New Picture Books That Need Rescuing from Permanent Obscurity The Huffington Post

"Rodriquez's whimsical illustrations. . .add to Taylor's uncommon tale. Educators looking for a new title to add to their books about persevering may find this to be that book." - LMC

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The narrator hero of this humorous tale is a hardworking, slightly dented Robomop, a robot confined to cleaning a dank, dark basement bathroom day after day. He is unable to climb steps and so cannot escape. One day, the Inspector arrives with a new Bellebot Cleanerette robot, carries our hero away, and tosses him in a trashcan. The window cleaner who has been his friend is also dismissed. To his surprise, the window cleaner takes Robomop home to his family. There he can happily clean, dance to music, and even fall in love with the vacuum cleaner. Rodriguez uses oil-based woodblock ink to print the illustrations, along with digital media, to produce his appealing hero as he sloshes, mops, and does a honky-tonk dance. A scattering of props helps enhance his efforts for the happy new life he finally attains. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—"Washing, sloshing, rubbing, scrubbing"…Robomop is good at his job cleaning the bathroom in the basement. However, with no friends or fresh air, what he really wants to do is escape. He comes up with a brilliant plan, but his attempt is thwarted and Robomop seems destined to clean the bathroom forever. Things start looking up for him when a friendly window cleaner joins the crew and the two bond over honky-tonk music. But with visits being just once a month, Robomop is still lonely and dreams of seeing the world. To make matters worse, he discovers that he is being replaced by a brand new, state-of-the-art cleaning robot and is thrown away. Discouraged and dejected, he almost gives up hope, but realizes that this may just be the best thing that could have happened to him. This humorous story shows that everyone has a place in the world and should never give up. The illustrations are reminiscent of vintage picture books and brightly fill each page. The art was created with oil-based woodblock ink and digital media in a palette of five or six colors. A unique addition.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
A lonely robot finds friends in this overworked tale. Robomop is a diligent worker, yet he yearns to leave his job cleaning the basement bathroom. After several failed escape attempts, he becomes depressed until a new BIO-MORPHIC BELLEBOT CLEANERETTE arrives. So excited by the possibility of a friend, Robomop falls into the toilet and is trashed. Coincidentally, the window cleaner's services are also rendered useless by the new cleanerette's technology, so the human takes Robomop home to his family. All benefit: The house is clean, and Robomop finds companionship (even kindling a romance with the vacuum). Unfortunately, both text and illustrations labor to be humorous. First-person narration makes readers Robomop's confidantes, but third-person may have made him more sympathetic. Rodriguez's hand-printed aesthetic--a combination of woodblocked ink and digital media--recreate the idealistic vision of the future presented in WPA work. His Robomop is a Rolie Polie Olie of the 1950s done in a limited, mostly pastel palette. But for all the attractive colors and interesting shapework and printing style, some of the illustrations are lacking--perhaps because the most visually appealing elements are the people and lettering, rather than the robots. Miscasting results in a missed mark. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803734111
Publisher:
Dial
Publication date:
02/07/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Taylor is a children's writer, storyteller, and teacher. He grew up in Surrey, England, and taught in Zimbabwe before studying at Cambridge. He, his wife, and their two sons divide their time between England and Brazil.

Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba. He majored in painting at Pratt Institute (BFA) and Hunter College (MFA). His work has appeared in picture books, on stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, and on posters for films and Broadway shows.

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