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'R Is for Robot' by Adam F. Watkins: A noisy alphabet picture book

Alphabet picture book filled with color and noises
courtesy of Price Stern Sloan

R Is for Robots: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins


"R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet" by Adam F. Watkins is a colorful and clever picture book that kids will love.

It's always fun for kids to be able to "help" read a picture book, and what better way to have early readers help than to read an alphabet book with them? This particular alphabet book is one they will enjoy reading for several reasons.

The illustrations are beautifully done -- the letters are large and look as if they are metal and riveted together. Every page shows robots working hard to get the letters finished, and accompanying sounds echo the sound of the letter. There are also small items on each page which kids can look for that begin with the same letter as that on the page.

For example, the letter "C" is clanging and clinking, crashing and clanking. There is a small four-leaf clover on the grass. The "O" is oozing oil and the "P" is puffing with a pink pig on the tractor bed happily staring at the letter.

The robots are cheerful, the sounds (are kids this age too young to learn the word "onomatopoeia"? I think not), and the bright, bright colors will all make this a book that young readers will want to see over and over again.

This is a perfect book for a primary classroom. (Parents, you'll enjoy it, too.)

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Price Stern Sloan, for review purposes.

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