The Trouble with Sisters and Robots [NOOK Book]

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Digging for treasure in their yard, Kyle and his pesky sister, Lizzy, find a robot head. Kyle adds pieces of scrap metal for a body, plugs the whole thing in, and Rusteye the Robot comes alive! Unfortunately, everything Rusteye touches—including Kyle’s parents—turns to metal. Kyle can’t stop his rampaging robot. Lizzy thinks she knows ...
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Overview


Digging for treasure in their yard, Kyle and his pesky sister, Lizzy, find a robot head. Kyle adds pieces of scrap metal for a body, plugs the whole thing in, and Rusteye the Robot comes alive! Unfortunately, everything Rusteye touches—including Kyle’s parents—turns to metal. Kyle can’t stop his rampaging robot. Lizzy thinks she knows how—but will Kyle listen? 
 
A hilariously funny science fiction story for robot fanatics—and big brothers—everywhere!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Zany, kid-appealing illustrations run cover to cover in this humorous tale of a boy who discovers a robot buried in his backyard, as the sister he thinks is annoying watches him. From the start, the boy named Kyle is not too keen on having his little sister tag along on his adventures; however, once he finds the robot things change. Kyle adds some things to the robot, plugs it in, and comes up with a creature that turns everything it touches to metal. It proceeds to change Kyle's basketball, room furniture and accessories, cat, parents, dog, and the mailman to metal. All the while, the frustrated Kyle asks the question, "What can I do?" Whenever Lizzy, his sister, tries to offer a simple suggestion, he asks her to be quiet. In the end, he listens to her and finds that the best thing to do is simply unplug the robot. The tale goes on to show that, after this incident, Kyle always listens to his sister, except when she has him play tea party with her. The endearing, entertaining story shows a typical brother sister relationship with a pleasing ending—when they listen to each other. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Kyle's sister cramps his style. Everywhere he goes, Lizzy is "always in the way." On a backyard search for buried treasure, she tags along, offering unsolicited and unappreciated suggestions. Kyle is thrilled when he unearths a robot head, and, after fashioning a body out of scrap metal, he plugs in his creation. "Rusteye" not only comes to life, but also goes on a rampage, turning everything it touches into a metallic statue. Lizzy tries to offer solutions, but her brother repeatedly cuts her off: "Gosh Lizzy—BE QUIET!" At his wit's end, Kyle finally stops to listen to her sage advice: "You could just unplug him!" The digitally enhanced collage illustrations show silver-toned trees, pets, and parents. Endpapers resemble a sheet of crumbled paper with diagrams on how to make and dismantle a robot. A funny take on sibling squabbles.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Nothing gets up young Kyle's nose like his irksome, tag-along of a sister, Lizzy. Everywhere he goes, there she is, beaming. If she won't scram, then she'd better "Be quiet, Lizzy!" But when Kyle unearths an old robot head in the backyard, then retrofits it to become Rusteye and the robot runs amok, turning everything it touches to polished steel-including their family-she saves his bacon with some simple advice he finally agrees to hear. Even if it's nice for siblings to find common humanity, this story is thin gruel. Most readers in this range would probably rather learn the meaning of Rusteye's metal-making power than the dynamics of brother-sister harmony, but they won't get it, nor why all the metal melts once Rusteye is brought to heel, nor what it feels like to be turned into metal. The metal angle serves to let Gritton tinker with the textures of computer-generated artwork, which runs from a waxy gray to an undulating, gleaming zinc, setting Kyle and Lizzy's primary-color wardrobe alight. But still, wouldn't it be fun to know what steel eyes see? (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497647312
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,263,790
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


Steve Gritton has always wanted to be a cartoonist. He began drawing birthday cards for his friends when he was thirteen and later created two comic strips for his college newspaper—“The Moth Man” and “Cracker Cats.” He enjoys drawing and painting on his computer because it allows him to try new colors and textures, like the effect of metal in this book. Steve also found he was good at working with kids, and now he teaches fourth grade. He lives near Seattle with his wife and two children.

 
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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Great Teaching Tool

    Not only is The Trouble With Sisters and Robots a cute story, but it could be used as a teaching tool for a number of concepts. The story has a clear beginning, middle, and end, and could be used to teach or reinforce questioning, inferences, visualizations, connections, predictions, and moral of the story. Children will love the beautiful illustrations and have fun relating to the "pesky sibling," all while learning a valuable lesson.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Fun book for all

    My 4 year old loves this book. This book is good for any child who has a younger sibling and needs a reminder why it's good to have them around. The art work is great and colorful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2009

    A Good lesson to learn, though simple, it can go a long way.

    The author crafts a story to illustrate how stopping to listen to what others might have to say is the central theme behind this childrens story of a robot run amok. While it's true to say this it's style and delivery are that of a first-time writer, don't mistake this for it's liveliness of characters and illustrations. The book is brief but its moral is clear enough to understand, leaving the reader with a simple reminder to keep an open ear for what others might have to share.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    My Children's Favorite Book

    The book titled Trouble with Sisters and Robots has quickly become my two kids, nine and seven, favorite bedtime reading material. The book is beautifully illustrated and very well written with a quality moral undertone that is not found in many children's books today. My nine year old was able to easily read it and my seven year old, who shares the name of the troublesome sister, never tires of the story. This book is already enjoying its second week of consecutive nightly readings with no possible end in sight and if it were a less engaging story I would have moved them on long ago.

    I look forward to finding more books written and illustrated by this talented author and I highly recommend it for your kid's reading pleasure.

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