The Robot King

The Robot King

by Brian Selznick
     
 
Using mechanical odds and ends, two motherless Victorian children piece together an amazing robot-man, lit from within by the miraculous powers of memory and love. The addition of their mother's favorite music box as its heart brings their creation to life with astonishing pyrotechnic and soul-satisfying results. Black-and-white illustrations.

Overview

Using mechanical odds and ends, two motherless Victorian children piece together an amazing robot-man, lit from within by the miraculous powers of memory and love. The addition of their mother's favorite music box as its heart brings their creation to life with astonishing pyrotechnic and soul-satisfying results. Black-and-white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Two motherless children build a robot from odds and ends in their attic and by adding their mother's treasured music box as its heart, bring the creation to life. The Robot King's pyrotechnic powers cause silent Ezra to speak again and help both children understand their own powers of memory and love. Haunting black-and-white illustrations capture the magic and mystery of this entertaining fantasy.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Lucy and Ezra are motherless. Ezra doesn't talk, and Lucy spends her time making mechanical toys from the treasures her brother collects. She makes a robot, using her mother's music box as a heart, and he comes to life. It isn't long before he begins to assert some independence. A couple of nights later, the robot king dances out the window, and the children search for him the next day. From here the story gets even more fantastic, almost to the point of being surrealistic. At last, after a strange ride above the earth that originates in an old amusement park, the children see their father down below and return home. While the story is original, it becomes convoluted. Readers do not understand why any of it is happening and, as a result, there doesn't seem to be much point to it all. The full-page black-and-white illustrations are intriguing and do a good job of reflecting the somber, detached mood of the story. While the premise is interesting, the characters are not well enough developed for readers to feel involved in what happens to them.Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060244934
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
1 - 7 Years

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