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This book is hilarious. I'm not sure who loves it more, myself or my robot-obsessed 3.5 yr old. If you're looking for wholesomeness and morality tales, this is not for you. However, if you have a sense of humor and don't mind the idea of world Robo-domination, then this book is super fun.
The illustrations are excellent, as is the surprise book transformation. The colors are mostly grayscale, metallic, and dayglow. I find the alternate cover doesn't wrap around perfectly, and does require adult help, but we're reading it together anyway.
Very disappointed. I loved Dragons Love Tacos. I feel the language in this book models a rude and sarcastic manner of speaking. I made the mistake of not reading it silently myself first and had to censor my way through it with my 3 year old. The concept of a kid turning himself into a robot with a crazy sauce recipe is funny, but they get it all wrong in that the robot the kid becomes is destructive and capable of turning its parents to smithereens and going on a destructive rampage. Perhaps the author thinks rude, destructive, foul mouthed children are cute? I do not.
What can I say, it's hard to compete with Dragons Love Tacos. That book is a classic and my son loves it with all his heart. He even loves the sequel. This book is fun and it's kind of cool because you can flip it over and fold a new sleeve over and make it into another book after the robots take over. It's fun but it's not Dragons Love Tacos. Or even Secret Pizza Party. It's ok. I get the concept. I understand where the appeal is supposed to be, but my son wasn't impressed and neither was I. They can't all be winners. The book itself is just sort of confusing. Sort of silly but not in the great Dragons Love Tacos way. Are you getting the gist of what I'm saying? Dragons Love Tacos: phenomenal. Robo-Sauce: ok. Just ok. We have re-read it, but like once. Dragons Love Tacos and the sequel make the rotation at least once a week.
My kids love this one. It's a bit irreverent and silly, and I love that in the end the boy's family is shown supporting him and being silly with him. Surprisingly the pages haven't ripped, which is probably mostly luck since my kids aren't exactly cautious when flipping the cover around. Both my 8 and 4 year old still love me to read this one to them. It's a hit in our house! Update: My kids are now 10 and 6 and still both love this book. (Well, the 10 year old doesn't read it on his own, but he always makes a point to come in and listen when we're reading it to his little brother!) They both love that the family in the book decides to be silly with the boy rather than scolding him. I think it appeals to them since they often find themselves in a similar situation! And the book still hasn't ripped, although I think that's mostly because we say the grown up reading it does the folding. This book has stood the test of time in our house!
Love everything by Adam Rubin, and heartily recommend all his books. This is more of a rating reflective of my three year old's interest in the book. He liked this book just fine, it's just not for him on the same level as the Those Darn Squirrels books or the Dragons Love Tacos ones - which are constant go-tos in the evening literary rotation.