Sunday, 7 December 2014

"The House of Robots" by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Thanks to the publishers for sending us an ARC of this title....

Review by Mia Madden, aged 11 years.

This book is about a boy called Sammy.  His mother is an inventor and is making him a robot to bring to school.  She thinks it will help his sister, Maddie who is housebound due to an illness.  The robot can then teach her all the things he has been taught in school.  The robot is called 'E' (short for egghead). 

'E' goes to Sammy's classroom to learn, but gets suspendended for interrupting teachers and having food fights.  When he is allowed to return to the school, he behaves better after some 'cool' lessons from Sammy.  The book takes a turn when 'E' is kidnapped and Sammy and hos family need to find him.

I liked this story, especially as it had some great puns included.  Sammy is just an average boy with a very special robot brother.  Coming from a family if inventors means his life is unusual, but fun.
Hanging out with 'E' has it's benefits (like having a personal bodyguard to protect him against bullies).  Because Maddie is stuck at home, 'E' is her way of seeing what is happening outside of the house.  

I loved the drawings.  They helped make the book come to life.  I can't wait to read the next in the series of House of Robots!

I would recommend this book for ages 8+

The House of Robots (House of Robots 1) is published by Arrow and is available in hardback and ebook format.

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