From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning series TV series Rolie Polie Olie comes another marvelous tale starring the round robots we all know and love.
Rolie Polie Olie's day is over, and he is as sleepy as he can be. He waits for Pappy to come by and read him a bedtime story, but as the minutes pass, Pappy is nowhere to be found. The whole family wonders what happened to him. Pappy finally appears in disarray. "I bonked my head./I just fell down./I broke my smile. I can't unfrown." Poor Pappy is feeling bruised and old, sad and tired. Determined to cheer him up, Olie goes right to work making a super-silly ray. He uses the goofiest of ingredients, from a silly hat and a book of jokes to a loud hiccup from their dog, Spot. He sprays the room with bubbles of happiness, and slowly Pappy begins to feel better. The whole family swirls through the air and dances in the bubbles. "I've never felt so 'swonderful, so 'smarvelous, so 'swirlish!" When they return to the ground, with sleepy eyes, Pappy reads them a perfect lullaby.
Joyce is a master at creating a blissful story in an imaginative world of enchanting characters. A silly ray that can blow the blues away? Who could ask for a better thing? Using high-tech color with perfect lines and humorous accents, Joyce produces a wondrous escape for young readers. This robot family is as warm and caring as the next. Olie's grand fondness for his Pappy shines through, as does his ingenious plan to fix his broken smile. Everything in the Rolie Polie world is a robot, including beds, doors, and teakettles. And every one of them is full of personality. This wonderful world incorporates the familial traditions of yesteryear with the look of a fantastical futuristic universe. A whimsical, heartwarming tale for any youngster. (Amy Barkat)