Sunday, July 8, 2018

Masterpiece Robot - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Masterpiece Robot pays tribute to the power of a child’s vivid imagination, which can transform a suburban autumn backyard into a futuristic battleground and Laura’s lively siblings into unwitting but enthusiastic participants in a fight for a planet’s survival. We begin in Laura’s bedroom where she is struggling to find her way into the story she wants to write, and we end there with Laura putting the finishing touches on her triumphant tale.  

When Laura―a.k.a. Masterpiece Robot―heads into the backyard with her little sister Molly―a.k.a. Sidekick―her active imagination places them instead on patrol around the perimeter of a dystopian city, guarding against super villains. Then older sister Amber―a.k.a. Valerie Knick-Knack―throws handfuls of fallen leaves at them, unknowingly initiating a battle for the ages.  

The transitions back and forth from suburbia to dystopia in this story within a story are deftly rendered with contrasting palettes. The rollicking interactions of the sibling heroes and villains make Masterpiece Robot pure fun to read.

My Review:

As far as book genres go, comic books aren't normally my thing.  But I was interested in the premise of Masterpiece Robot: And the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack, and decided to read it along with my granddaughter, Rahjae.

A story within a story, Masterpiece Robot is packed with comic book panels of a family playing together in the leaves and of superhero children battling villain, Valerie Knick-Knack.  It takes the powers of Laura (aka Masterpiece Robot), her sidekick Molly, and Roman (aka Lord MekMek) to bring down Valerie Knick-Knack.  

This story ultimately shows that a child's imagination during free play can be used to concoct adventures and escapades.  The kids playing in the leaves weren't doing just that; They were also imagining what it would be like to be superheros.  Masterpiece Robot is a book recommended for kids aged 7 to 10.  Rahjae is eleven years old and enjoyed reading the action-packed adventures.  There are a handful of words that I had to explain to Rahjae because they were unfamiliar to her but, other than that, Masterpiece Robot is an entertaining, fast-paced story.


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38 comments:

Michelle Li said...

He Man/She Ra

Denise Morse said...

So many good ones- Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Babymouse

Jayne Townsley said...

Captain America is the best superhero but Bucky Barnes AKA Winter Soldier is my favorite.

aperry said...

Antman for the win.

Unknown said...

I love wonder woman!

Marilyn said...

Wonder Woman is my favorite super hero.

Lisa Williams said...

My favorite superhero has always been Spider Man,I love the way he can swing from building to building.

Peggy said...

I like Wonder Woman.

bnchile said...

Fave comic book character... G'Nort the dog Green Lantern

lildevilgirl22 said...

I like SuperMan

Jana Leah B said...

Evie from Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex books.

John Zukowski said...

After Infinity Wars, it seems like they're all dead.... I'll go with Wonder Woman.

bison61 said...

my favorite superhero would be Superman

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alissa apel said...

In a comic book my son Isaak was reading there was a character named Zeek. That's what I call Isaak. I'm going with that. I thought it was so cool I saw his nickname in a book.

Jennifers Deals said...

Thor is my favorite.

Dan Denman said...

Wolverine is my favorite superhero and favorite comic book character.

Katrina Angele said...

My son and I both love Superman. He's a classic super hero!

Ken Ohl said...

I have always loved batman

James Coyne said...

I like thor

Jessy Yarrell said...

I love Wonder Woman.

Christian A said...

Superman was my favorite growing up.

firstinlinetobuyyourbook said...

i always liked Daredevil

Donna C. said...

I always liked the bionic women.

Jennifer Cervantes said...

I like Wonder Woman the best.

mommy2luke2008 said...

My favorite superhero is Superman!

Jacquelyn Cannon said...

My favorite superhero is Batman!

Kristen said...

I always liked Archie.

Jan Lee said...

Cat Woman was always a favorite superhero when I was growing up :)

Laura said...

I've always liked Spiderman.

Alicia @ Sweeping Up Joy said...

Zita the Spacegirl!

Cassandra D. said...

I like Ironman.

Susan Smoaks said...

i love the incredible hulk. it's my favorite.

Jennifer Q. said...

Superman is my favorite.

Leela said...

I liked Spiderman.

Stephanie Larison said...

I don't have a fave, but my daughter is into those Dogman books, he's a superhero so I think she would love this.

Unknown said...

Wolverine is my favorite.

saturdaynightfever said...

I heart the Batman!

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brendaelsner said...

I love wonder woman!!