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 😉 ).