Weird Little Robots
by Carolyn Crimi ill by Corinna Luyken
Penny Rose is lonely. In the past, she has always enjoyed friendships with other children in her neighborhood. Now everything has changed. Her family moved and she can't connect with any of her new classmates. She spends her free time sequestered in the shed in her family’s backyard, creating a collection of tiny robots from found objects: outdated technology, broken bits and pieces, even a set of false teeth. She names each creation and fills her days tinkering with these mini-friends.
Then she meets her nerdy neighbor Lark. A budding ornithologist, Lark has a yard brimming with an incredible collection of birdhouses created from assorted curiosities that the birds leave for her,
Lark wasn’t afraid to let her weirdness show, and Penny Rose thought that was very brave.
I absolutely adore these robots!
Build Your Own Robot
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Penny Rose loved the idea of dressing up in the same costume for Halloween..."We'll be Best Friends Robots!"
The girls want to dress up as robots for Halloween.
Although their plans fall through, young readers can create a cardboard robot costume and make their own magic.