Get Ready for Robots
Submitter: I work at an elementary school library and recently weeded this gem of a book from the technology section. Get Ready for Robots by Patricia Lauber is from 1987, but the true awfulness is in the illustrations by True Kelley. I would hate a student interested in robotics to stumble upon this nonfiction book.
Holly: Robotics and other STEM topics are great choices for school libraries. They really do need to be kept pretty current, though. This is in the form of a picture book, but the vocabulary is for an older child. Drawn illustrations, rather than photographs, can be appealing to kids. They’re actually kind of cute in a retro way. The robots in this book are all very Star Wars-like, which is how kids pictured robots back in the 80s. I was 13 years old when this book came out, and the robots we saw on TV were R2D2, Optimus Prime, and the Terminator. I also always loved that weird mechanical owl in Clash of the Titans. Now that programs like FIRST Robotics are hugely popular, kids have a whole new sense of tasks robots can complete and it’s very practical and possible.
This book also has condition issues. What’s the goo smeared on the bottom of the first page, shown below?