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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.
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!
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!
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.
The book start off exactly as you'd expect from the creative team who brought us Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party (among others); It's entertaining for both children and adults, beautiful to look at, and just the right amount of funny for a kids book. BUT... Robo-Sauce is different than any other children book I've seen (and I've seen a lot) because this book transforms into another book. It plays right into the story of robots taking over. It took my 3 year old a little bit to figure out how to do the book transformation herself, but once she got it she was so proud she wanted to show EVERYONE her new book and how it changes. Definitely a new favorite for my kids. When I find interesting books like this I typically buy a few so can give them out for all the birthday parties I go to. The book seems much more substantial than the price listed on Amazon so you get extra credit when giving it as a gift.
My 4 year old loves Rubin's books, and this one didn't fail to deliver. The cover is a bit odd though - I was thoroughly confused when I first got it. Read through the book once before you judge it. It makes perfect sense when you get to the end.