The Twelve Bots of Christmas

The Twelve Bots of Christmas

by Nathan Hale
     
 

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On the first day of Christmas, Robo-Santa gave to me,
A cartridge in a gear tree.

Take one robotic Santa, nine cyber reindeer pulling his techno-sleigh, and twelve days of Christmas circuitry wizardry-and this is one holiday offering, guaranteed to add up to every gear-head's delight! A unique spin on the classic song, young readers will be

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On the first day of Christmas, Robo-Santa gave to me,
A cartridge in a gear tree.

Take one robotic Santa, nine cyber reindeer pulling his techno-sleigh, and twelve days of Christmas circuitry wizardry-and this is one holiday offering, guaranteed to add up to every gear-head's delight! A unique spin on the classic song, young readers will be thrilled to join Robo-Santa on his annual round of gift giving.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Take a holiday classic, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and give it to an author/illustrator with a different take on it and you get a seasonal picture book called The Twelve Bots of Christmas. What are Bots? They are mechanical gizmos, like the Robo-Santa who on the first day of Christmas guides his sleigh pulled by robo-reindeer through the night sky. On the second day of Christmas, a lucky child may get two Turbo-Doves and a Cartridge in a Gear Tree! On the third day, Robot Santa gives away hens that are made of wrenches, along with the Two Turbo-Doves, and the Cartridge in a Gear Tree. The Twelve Bots of Christmas rolls on with four phones that look like borgs, geese put together with screws and other gizmos; robo-maids that actually look like milking maids, dancing droids and other robot-like figures. The illustrations are large and colorful, but without them it would be difficult to imagine what all these characters actually look like. Children who have never heard or read the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas would most likely appreciate this clever re-invention of the perennial classic. On the other hand, adults may long for the traditional words and pictures of the old holiday favorite. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—In Hale's steampunkish version of the famous song, Robo-Santa is a jolly old bot, shaped a bit like an old-fashioned fire hydrant. His gifts, ranging from "a Cartridge in a Gear Tree" to "Twelve Beat Bots thumping," are definitely more interesting to modern kids than partridges and drummers, while five golden rings have been replaced by "five BOT-TO-RIES" (definitely more useful to and coveted by the electronic crowd). The brightly colored digital artwork pays subtle homage to everything from Star Wars to Dr. Who and rewards careful study with fun details. Not a necessary purchase, but one that will be appreciated by budding robot fans.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Kids who like electronics, robots, tools and gears might prefer this version of the old song to the original with the partridge in a pear tree. This flashy rendition has a cartridge in a gear tree presented by a robot Santa, who arrives in his spaceship pulled by robotic reindeer. Other gifts from Santa in the countdown include three wrench hens and nine droids a-dancing. Computer-generated illustrations in dark, edgy hues are filled with witty robots of different designs, such as the ten clock-lords sleeping, who have heads made of watch and clock parts. A final frenetic spread finds all the characters from all the verses crammed into one huge robotic celebration with mechanical letters spelling out a holiday greeting. There's nothing sugary sweet about this 21st-century riff on an old Christmas chestnut. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802733993
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
535,302
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

NATHAN HALE is the author and illustrator of the picture book The Devil You Know, and the illustrator of The Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas, Animal House, and Balloon on the Moon. He has also illustrated two graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale. www.spacestationnathan.com

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