Robots Everywhere
Author: Denny Hebson; Illustrator: Todd Hoffman
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Walker & Company/2004
ISBN: 0802788920
Age Levels: 3-8

Book Review

The narrator, a human boy, see robots everywhere: riding the bus; playing catch with sewer grates; eating nuts off metal plates ("nuts" as in nuts-n-bolts, that is).

Each double-page spread contains one sentence of the simple, rhyming text. The cartoon illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are filled with comical scenes depicting endearingly expressive, pop-eyed robots going about their daily lives: learning phonics in android school; getting their hair styled with a blow torch; rusting at the beach.

Classroom Experiences: We took Robots Everywhere into two classrooms. The first, a Pre-K class of three- and four-year-olds, delighted in the story as a read-aloud. We also took the book into a second-grade classroom where the students read it independently. It was enormously popular, with students poring over the artwork's clever details and wordplay. A definite winner!

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2004 Education Oasis

About the Author

Denny Hebson said, "I wrote Robots Everywhere because my friend Todd draws the best robot pictures I've ever seen. I thought the rest of the world would like them as much as I do." Denny lives in Glenview, Illinois, with his wife, Momi John, and his three children, Phoebe, Atticus, and Celeste. Robots Everywhere is his first children's book.

About the Illustrator

Todd Hoffman created his robots by imagining how they would act as humans. He hopes that children everywhere will laugh when they see robots who are afraid of the dark, rust at the beach, and pop balloons with their hair. He said, "If I learned anything from this book, it's that rust is bad, oil is good, and robots are people too." Todd lives in Chicago with his wife, Susan. This is his first children's book.