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House of Robots, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mild story a winner for reluctant-reader robot fans.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Innapropriate illustration

I bought this book for my 3rd grader last year who was 8 years old. He brought it to me to show me a funny picture. The picture shows the boy doing something that looks very naughty to the robot and the caption reads, "Gulp"! I was very upset that the illustrator would put that in a child's book.

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Too much sex
age 8+

Normal kid trying to grow up in a Sci Fi house

Who wouldn't want to live in a house of robots? The main character shares how neat it is at times while at other times it can get a bit crazy. Sammy mainly wants to have a "normal" life but having a mother as a scientist inventor will not allow that. He shares his adventures of living with all these robots as well as dealing with a bully at school. Sammy also has a sister with a major medical issue that often gives him perspective on things.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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HOUSE OF ROBOTS is a simple story meant to capitalize on kids' love of robots to draw them in. Sammy and his family are intriguing characters -- the book gets extra points for having a brilliant scientist mom -- and so are the robots who take care of them. The message of accepting your own differences and those of your friends is always welcome, especially as these readers contemplate the increasingly more complicated social terrain of upper-elementary school. The fact that Sammy sticks by his awkward friend Trip speaks volumes about him.

The framework is solid for a nice long series, but the storytelling is sometimes sloppy. Sammy, as the narrator, even jokes about getting ahead of himself and needing an outline. Worse than that, though, are some characters who are never introduced and become the surprise antagonists at the end. That kind of thing is easily fixed by a scene early on -- and should have been. Reluctant readers deserve carefully written stories, too.

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