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“House of Robots” Book Review

house of robotsHouse of Robots by James Patterson is a great read for anyone who loves crazy robot inventions.

The publisher’s official book blurb says…

Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic ‘brother,’ to school with him to learn to become a student.
You might think having a robot at school would be great but Sammy can tell you all the reasons why that’s not true. This book is told from his perspective and he’s a fantastic storyteller! Besides the trouble at school with the robot there’s some trouble at home and a mystery that begins to creep into the story involving a black SUV.
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If you read this book I’m sure you’ll love the sketches and funny drawings throughout the book (almost on every page). It has a kind of Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel. This book is also available in audio CD which is how I enjoyed it. The narration was pretty good as long as you don’t mind a little audio tweaking for all the parts where robots are talking. The audio book comes with a computer file of all the cartoons so you can still see the cool drawings even if you’re listening to the book instead of reading it.
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Either way, book or audio CD, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this funny and imaginative story! Don’t forget about the library’s downloadable options for this book on Overdrive.

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Review submitted by Foster K., age 8

finnFinn Reeder: Flu Fighter by Eric Stevens
Stone Arch Books, 2010

I thought it was a very good book. I liked it when almost everybody got sick. It was funny when he caught the ball that his gym teacher threw at him.

Summary from the catalog: Finn Reeder thought it was just a dumb assignment when a sub told his English class that they had to start keeping a journal. Little did he know that his journal would turn into the record of a major flu pandemic. Somehow, he survives infection-maybe because his crazy dad has prepared for the apocalypse and follows him around with antibacterial spray; maybe because he’s lucky; maybe because the mask his dad made him wear is so dorky that no one will come near him. As his class size dwindles and the number of substitute teachers adds up, Finn takes notes on what’s going on in his school. He and his friend Amy face down the school bully, draw comics, catch the principal ordering pizza, and even manage to study when one sub’s gas mask makes it too hard to understand the day’s lecture. And when finally, Finn is the lone student remaining in school, he manages to win-and lose-the most intense game of solo dodge ball ever. By the time the month is over, he’s made it through the epidemic, solved the mystery of the gas mask sub, and might even have gotten himself a new girlfriend if he plays his cards right.

Rating:  5/5

(catalog link)

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