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I picked up this book because a couple friends raved about it. I'll admit when we first read it my 5 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter were just meh about it until we got to the part where you fold up the book and it transforms it into a different story. While they didn't clamor for me to read it again like they do with books they love, I have found them reading it now then on their own. Again they mostly seem to breeze through it until they get to the transforming the book party.
I wanted to love this book. My son wanted to love this book. Dragons Love Tacos is his favorite so I bought this as soon as it came out. It's a cute story and right on par with Dragons Love Tacos....up until the end. The "gimmick" for the book is (spoilers!) the book turns into a robot! Super cute, but it requires pulling out the last few pages of the book, wrapping the page the correct way around and tucking it back in before flipping the book upside down to finish the story (there's confusing instructions on the bottoms of these pages sort of. Either way you do it, you'll be a grown adult sitting there frustrated with a kids book turning and pulling for a minute while your kid just stares at you funny!) Then after you've got your bearings, the book has one more line or so before it ends. Then you get to reset it back to a normal book! A few reads in, the last pages were already showing wear since I kind of have to swing the book by those pages to get it to flip. It's a really cute idea (the book has a shiny cover and robot authors and stuff on the "robobook" version you make) it's a pain to do and now my son even tells me "it's ok, you can end it before the book turns into robot." to spare us the pain of its transformation! So I recommend the story, but not the book, if that makes sense!
This book is not for a four year old, nor a five year old, I suspect. I found it to be too clever by a half. It's as if it's more amusing as an idea than as something to read. In fact, I found it very difficult to read. The notion that there's this sort of gun-like thing that shoots "Robo Sauce" is also very odd and, for those who are looking to keep guns and gun-like objects out of children's stories, unwelcome. My daughter lost interest as I was reading the book and so did I. The special insert in the story is an interesting idea but I don't see how it lends to storytelling and, really, all I want in a book is a good story.