Caramel loves everything about robots, and he loves books about facts. Today, therefore, he wanted to share with our readers a book on robots that he has read: Robot, written by Roger Bridgman. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Caramel, here we are, ready to talk about a whole book about robots!
Caramel: Robots! Yay!
S: I know you like robots.
C: That’s an understatement. I love them!
S: I know! You reviewed a two-book series about a robot and her travels (The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown), and you told us that then too. So let us get started. What do you want to tell us about this book?
C: This is a book about robots and tons of good facts about them.
S: Tell me one.
C: Let’s see. Did you know that there is a robot that looks like a shark and researchers use it to study sharks? It helps them “film sharks without disturbing their natural behavior”.
S: That’s pretty cool.
C: And did you know that they have a robot that can climb up on walls and actually walk on the ceiling?
S: That’s cool, too. Kind of like ants and bugs and flies.
S: So there are a lot of different types of robots in this book, right?
C: Yes. There are robots that can help around the home. Then there is a two-page spread on robots that move, one on robots that sense. And another on artificial intelligence. There is a section on robots in the industry and in space and under water.
S: That is pretty cool.
C: There is also a section on fictional robots and robots in art. Like C3PO from Star Wars. But they also have a mistake there! They put a picture of a Dalek, from the Doctor Who universe, but Dalek are not robots. They do say they are mutants, but they should not have put them in a book on robots!
S: I guess people make robot Dalek to play with, though, right?
C: Yes. I even saw a remote-control Dalek once. So maybe that is why they put a picture in the book.
S: I suppose that makes sense.
C: They also have sections on machines with feelings, which is kind of like that Wild Robot I read about.
S: That is interesting! I’ve always thought the feeling part is quite hard to implement. But also, this is a relatively old book, right? It was first published in 2004. A lot must have changed since then, I’d presume.
C: Yep, I think so. In fact we should probably put here that video about robots which behave like animals. That seemed really new!
S: I agree. That video is brand new, only two weeks old now. So here it is:
C: I like this video a lot! We should see it again.
S: Sure. Let us finish the review first. I know you knew a lot about robots already. What did you learn from this book Caramel?
C: Well, you are right that I knew a lot of things about robots before, so I knew a lot of the things in the book. But I did not know about the shark-shaped robot. And there were just so many different robots! It is a pretty awesome book and I liked it very much.
S: I can see that! I have been observing you looking carefully at the pages of the book over and over again. You have read it all already, but you still enjoy looking at it.
C: Yes. I like robots! And I told you; these are cool robots!
S: That’s wonderful Caramel. So what three words would you use to describe this book?
C: Factful, colorful, and robotful. There are a lot of facts, a lot of colorful pictures, and lots of robots!
S: I cannot argue with that reasoning! Okay, then let us wrap this review up. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!