Snow Games

Snow Games

by Anastasia Suen, Mike Laughead

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Robot and Rico use sleds, skiis, tubes, and more to enjoy the new snow.


Robot and Rico use sleds, skiis, tubes, and more to enjoy the new snow.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In Little Wheels, Blue Truck is told by a fire truck and a garbage truck that it is too little to help them. Then Yellow Truck reassuringly asks for help with a tree. The few words on each spread are superimposed on bright cartoon illustrations that supplement the text. While the story has instant appeal because of the characters, readers are likely to feel confused toward the end—how Yellow Truck and Blue Truck actually work together is unclear. In the second title, Snorp, a window washer, instantly grabs readers' attention with his unique monster characteristics: three eyes and three feet and a long tongue that dangles out of his mouth. Given a day off for being an excellent worker, he asks a friend without eyes to teach him to snowboard. Children will enjoy the nonsensical illustrations. In the third title, Rico's friend is a robot. After they go tubing, snowboarding, skiing, and sledding, Robot turns himself into a bobsled and they race down the hill together. "'We don't need all that stuff,' says Robot. 'Not when we have each other,' says Rico." This simple story is a good addition to easy-reader collections. All three books have short, simple sentences in large type and bright, full-color art.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Rico and Robot wait for snow to fall so that they can play with their winter toys. When the snow finally arrives, they happily race down a hill on sleds, inner tubes, snowboards, and skis until they exhaust their inventory. Rico then laments that there is nothing else to do. Robot, with his many built-in tools, comes to the rescue to continue the snow-day fun, offering the foggy moral that all they need is each other to have fun. Robot, however, saves the day by simply transforming into a bobsled, an item Rico did not own, implying that a new toy will prolong the good times. Rico had been a sore winner to Robot during their earlier racing games, however, and by doing the bobsled together, there is no winner or loser, only the fun of bobsledding. In this level two Stone Arch Readers book, longer sentences and dialogue are the focus. The cartoon-like illustrations, which appear without outlines, feature large character eyes and stagnant poses. Nothing really pops, but the idea of a well-equipped friendly robot provides the basis for a fun read. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess

Product Details

Capstone Press
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Robot and Rico Series
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Laughead spent his childhood drawing Frodo, Ninja Turtles, and almost any other characters he read about or imagined. Somewhere in the middle of all those drawings, Michael realized he wanted to create artwork for the rest of his life. Michael currently illustrates for teen and children's magazines, designs tee shirts, makes posters, and creates comics. He now resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.

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