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Book Title: The Robot King|
The author of the book: Brian Selznick
Date of issue: August 24th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780060244934
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.71 MB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Read full description of the books The Robot King:This is really a mixed bag.
Lucy and her younger brother, Ezra, live in Paris. Their mother is dead. They often go to visit her in the graveyard. They collect things - little bits of glass, junk, and buttons. Lucy is a scientist and uses these things to create mechanical toys.
Ezra is mute ever since his mother died. This reminded me of the movie Jumanji.
Lucy, for her part, seems to have become something of an agoraphobic as a result of her mother's death. She sees the attic as her own little world with everything she needs.
One day, Lucy builds a robot with some of her dead mother's belongings. The robot comes to life. The children name him The Robot King.
When The Robot King's knees shatter into a thousand pieces of china, the pieces fly out the window. They come back to haunt The Robot King at night. Any broken object can be fixed and also can fly if a piece of The Robot King's broken knees enters the object.
The Robot King experiments with his magical powers by taking off pieces of himself (fingertips, toes) and placing them in broken-down objects, which makes them function again and gives them the power of flight.
Then, one morning, the children wake up and The Robot King has disappeared? Where has he gone? The children go off to look for him...
This was an enchanting story. It is beautifully written. Selznick has a way with words and the prose of the book is very pretty.
The illustrations are beautiful and charming.
I like the strong sister-brother relationship in the book (I have a real weakness for this in stories.)
So why only 3 stars?
Well, nothing is ever really explained or resolved. Perhaps that is unimportant to some people, but not to me. Is the mom's spirit powering The Robot King? Why can it bring objects 'to life?' What is it's purpose? Where is it going? What is it doing? Why is it obsessed with 'outside?' Simply to (view spoiler)[ help Lucy get over her agoraphobia? (hide spoiler)] Nothing is explained and no explanation is even hinted at. This leaves me frustrated, even though the book is gorgeous. I understand that the kids are 'coming to terms' with their mom's death through the building of and caring for The Robot King but I am unsure about what is going on and what it all means.
Read information about the authorHello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about children’s books from my boss Steve Geck who is now an editor of children’s books at Greenwillow. While I was at Eeyore’s I also painted the windows for holidays and book events.
My first book, The Houdini Box, which I both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 while I was still working at the bookstore. Since then, I have illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor.
I have also written a few other books myself, including The Boy of a Thousand Faces, but The Invention of Hugo Cabret is by far the longest and most involved book I’ve ever worked on.
I live in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
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