Busy Bots (Priddy Books)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Busy Bots by Priddy Books, a sweet seek-and-find board book for young engineers.

Meet the Busy Bots! These eighteen animal-inspired creatures – with names like Dogbot, Octobot, Spiderbot, etc. – are ingeniously constructed of (photographs of) household supplies, and are introduced in turn to the reader with simple yet cheerful rhyming text. Each page – and each creature – also features a simple seek-and-find of its components; Flingobot, for example, invites young readers to spot the hammer, toy spring, and desk lamp that make up its workings.

Delightful. The unique yet recognizable bots of this title are charming enough to draw in young readers, where they can build skills like shape-matching, letter recognition, and simple sentences. The bright and dynamic photo manipulations are set against eye-catching block color backgrounds, and makes for a visual style that is engaging without being overwhelming for little eyes. The length is perfect, and JJ greatly enjoyed repeat examinations of the artwork and letters. This is a great title for any young reader interested in robots, engineering, and/or animals, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Power Down, Little Robot (Anna Staniszewski)

Happy International Literacy Day, everyone! Our pick today is Power Down, Little Robot, written by Anna Staniszewski and illustrated by Tim Zeltner. This is a fun spin on the typical bedtime book using robots as the main theme.

Mom Unit says that it’s time for Little Robot to power down, but his energy levels are still in the yellow, so he initiates his stalling program: “One more can of oil?” “Read me a manual?” Fortunately, Mom Unit knows how to get him into his sleep module so that he can initiate his dream sequence.

This was a really cute bedtime book! The text really runs with the robot theme, which makes it fun for kids and highly amusing to any parent or caregiver who has been through the bedtime “stalling program.” The length was fine for Baby Bookworm, and the pictures are charming. This would be great for any little one, but especially for the one who loves anything robot. Baby Bookworm approved!