Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Robot Zot

Robot Zot book coverTitle: Robot Zot

Written by: Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by: David Shannon

Published by: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009, fiction

Themes: Humor, Robots, Action and adventure,

From the Jacket: Robot Zot— Wham Bot! Robot Zot crush Lot! Robot Zot will conquer Earth… unless he finds true love. The jacket summary says: Arriving in a suburban kitchen, their first stop on a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but brave Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick, Bot, battle fearsome kitchen appliances.

Why I love it: I have the pleasure of introducing another gift to boys from Jon Scieszka. *Yay!*

Boys and reluctant readers will relate to the humor in this book. As it says on the bio that Jon Scieszka is the “first ever National Ambassador for young people’s literature. He is the founder of a literacy initiative for boys ( ), which helps him carry out his mission on Earth: getting kids to read.” This book’s text is easy enough for first graders and early readers and the illustrations explain the battle plan. One thinks the Robot is alive until the very end when it is seen with a toy phone rigged up to look like a girl, and it is carried away on a garbage truck to conquer other galaxies.

Resources:  Robot Zot faced many fearsome foes on Earth, including a blender, a vacuum, and a TV. Can you think of something in your home that Robot Zot might think was an enemy—for example, a lamp? Draw a picture of it. There are also pages of mazes and spot the difference. Other activities parents can do is to talk about Robot Zot’s  view of Earth. Found here:  Why does he see such ordinary things as monsters? He doesn’t seem to know much about Earth. Do you think he would have attacked so ferociously if he knew more about Earth before landing? In the end Robot Zot escapes safely with his queen. Do you think he’s really a hero? What makes someone brave or heroic?  

For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. And if you’d like to be whisked away through cyber space to the resource page and the list of more marvelous recommended perfect picture books just click on the perfect picture book badge on the right.

I am so happy to announce that the winner of the post Taconi And Claude –Double Trouble was “This kid reviews books”.  *Yay!*

*Throws confetti* and *throws charms* (just thought I’d throw something extra in there to see if you were awake.)

Erik, please send me the snail mail address you’d like the book to go to  and I’ll make sure it gets to you. Send it to Clarikebowmanjahn at yahoo dot com. That address is my business address and I will be sure and get it.



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Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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28 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Robot Zot

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Jon Scieska is such a super author, that robot book sounds perfect for boys. Congrats to Erik!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yeah, Jon does his magic once again.

      Yeah, I can’t wait till Erik read this review. I’ll wait till Saturday and if I Don’t hear from him, I’ll email him. Don’t want him to miss out. 🙂


  2. A boy book! Yay, yahooiiee!!!!!! This sounds fabulous! We need to write more boy books! I will welcome this into our home. Congrads Erik!


  3. We have been enjoying “Stinky Cheese Man.” Thanks for all these wonderful recommendations!


  4. Julie says:

    How could you go wrong with Scieszka? Although I haven’t read this yet, so I must correct that immediately!


  5. Darshana says:

    Sounds like a great adventure!


  6. Love Jon Scieska! This sounds like another great boy book full of action and adventure. Love what he’s doing with . Great resources too!


  7. Jon Scieszka and David Shannon make a great team! I love David Shannon’s work. This is a book I haven’t heard of before and I’m so glad you shared it!


  8. Tracy says:

    Carlike, I too LOVE LOVE LOVE Jon Scieska and his “boy books.” Robots fighting kitchen appliances is brilliant! Thanks for sharing.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Tracy. I have a public crush on Jon Sciezcka myself which I finally announced a week ago. I agree that’s he’s brilliant. He just does everything right. Write? 😉


  9. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    Robots sounds like a fun treat for boys and girls alike.


  10. Jon Scieska’s books are always great. I will add this one to my list for the library. Thanks for the review.


  11. Margot Finke says:

    Jon Scieszka writes awesome books – this is another of them. Great fun too. We need books for boys, to get them HOOKED on reading. Jon and Max Anderson do their share!!
    Congrats Jon. Another sure boy-pleaser.

    Books for Kids – Manuscript Critiques


    • clarbojahn says:

      I’ll have to try Max Anderson next. I’m not familiar with him. Does he write picture books? or chapter books?

      Thanks for commenting, Margot. 🙂


  12. YAYY! Thank you for picking me! 🙂 YAYYY!

    Great choice! It seems really funny! I like the idea of a robot attacking silly things! 😉
    P.S. I will email you my address!


  13. All his books are wonderful and I posted your link on my FB Fan Page!


  14. Fats Suela says:

    Jon Scieszka is a favorite in my shelf, Clarike. I’ve seen this a few times at B&N. Glad to have found someone who has read it. Will check this one out next chance I get. Thanks for sharing!


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