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My Robots: The Robotic Genius of Lady Regina Bonquers III
Contributor(s): Olander, Johan
ISBN: 0761461736     ISBN-13: 9780761461739
Publisher: Two Lions
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2012
Annotation: Depicts robotic inventions designed by a Scottish recluse and described in sketchbooks recently found in her abandoned castle.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Robots; Fiction.
Robotics; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011036697
Lexile Measure: 1100
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 7.25" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs) 61 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153975
Reading Level: 8.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
This fictional recovered notebook features the bizarre technological creations of a reclusive Scottish noblewoman responsible for inventing a series of ridiculous, malfunctioning robots in the mid-twentieth-century. While the design is gorgeous, the formula becomes quickly repetitive and the book ends abruptly. Robot-lovers will appreciate the detailed drawings and diagrams, but general readers may not find the text inviting.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 January)

Gr 3–5—In this heavily illustrated chapter book, Olander invites readers to create their own theory, purely conspiratorial or based on the evidence provided, of the mysterious disappearance of fantastical Scottish robotic genius Lady Regina Bonquers III. The preface sets the stage for this participatory adventure that explores the borderline between fact and fiction. Evidence, notes, diagrams, drawings, advertisements, letters, replies, reviews, and whatnot, all taped and tacked to the pages facsimile-style, describe-in tandem with the text-the eccentric career of the robot maker, sometimes questionably, other times ironically. Each chapter chronicles one of Lady Bonquers's robots, from inspiration to internal workings, and many with colossal commercial downfalls. The bots range from the idiosyncratic odor-detecting Odoro 1 to the sardonic Replicant bot, which can attend undesirable classes and family functions for people by using "hundreds of tiny, synchronized projectors [displaying] images from inside the 'skin,' thus creating a reasonable lifelike substitute." Others are altruistic in nature, such as the environmental cleaner robot and the firefighting robot. Highlighted accessories such as the "plucker" of the firefighting robot, "a large gentle hand that could pluck animals and humans out of hazardous situations," are tongue-in-cheek, yet rendered scientifically. The page borders and headings are steampunk in style with flourishes created not by ink, but by washers, gears, and screw heads. This title will appeal to the subset of kids who enjoy DIY tinkering, creative problem-solving, programming, scientific jargon, and wry humor. It's Borges for kids.—Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City

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