Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!
By Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Published by Disney Hyperion Books on June 1, 2010
40 pages – ages 3+
Theme/Topic – Books for Boys / Girl Power / Humor
Opening and Synopsis – From the inside cover “It’s a terrible thing when a giant robot starts destroying your city. It’s even worse when it’s your fault.”
A girl genius builds an award-winning giant robot for her school science fair. The robot malfunctions and starts to attack the city. The girl is unable to stop it so she (of course) creates a giant toad to battle the giant robot. This turns out to not be a good idea.
Why I liked this book – First I have to say I am a huge fan of old Japanese monster shows (Godzilla and Ultraman are my favorites).
This book reminded me of them. I love the comic book style of the story. There aren’t many words in the book because the pictures are very important to telling the story. I read the book a couple of times and each time I saw and thought of something new. Here’s a page…
The story was funny and it was cool to see a picture book with a great action / adventure story. I think boys will really love this book. I like the idea that the main character is a girl. I think girls will like it because it has a girl hero. I think it is a great book for reluctant readers too.
The end pages are even cool. They have blue print diagrams of the science projects. There’s a lot to read in the end covers. There is a lot to discover in this book!
The dust cover opens up into a poster.
Even the hard cover is cool. It looks like a scientist’s notebook.
Activities and Resources – I found a great craft activity at the Critters and Crayons website. The activity is to make your own robot out of cardboard boxes. Click HERE to go to it.
I also found a list of do at home science experiments at Science Bob’s website. Click HERE to go to it.
The trailer for the book is cool too (it reminds me of Godzilla ).