A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Besides information about the robots themselves, many futuristic details to find and discuss; note how language changes show the robot is complaining in the same way a human kid might.
Going to bed can be hard for kids, but a patient parent can keep it from being impossible.
Positive Role Models
Though Little Robot is reluctant to go to bed, the mother unit remains calm and firm. Bedtime reluctance does not become a war of wills; no tantrum, no power moves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Down, Little Robot is a cute bedtime story perfect for beginning sci-fi enthusiasts. Even though the struggle here is between the mother unit and her robot son, the story is the usual one about what it takes to get junior to bed, and most kids and parents will relate to the tricks, feelings, and solutions. Futuristic illustrations and robot lingo definitely add to the space-age fun.
Is It Any Good?
This is a light, clever twist on the "how to get junior to bed" story. Kids who like robots especially will like it. The little red robot is a cute, funny fellow, and he uses language as a robot kid might. He brushes his cogs instead of his teeth, is afraid his dreams will have error messages, reads manuals rather than storybooks, is tucked into his sleep module, and so on.
With a unique blend of stains and glazes, the acrylic illustrations add just the right sci-fi tone for young kids; they're futuristic and have enough detail to embellish but not overwhelm the story.
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