A Review of If I were a Robot by Scott Gordon

What’s it about?

A young boy imagines all the things he’d do if he were a robot.

Book Cover for If I Were A Robot by Scott Gordon

My Review of If I were a Robot

To say my child and I were not fans is putting it mildly. For one thing, its billed as being for ages 3-6.  How many 3-6 year old kids do you know that know the words “impervious”,”infiltrate”, and “interplanetary”? That’s just a few of the words that made me raise a brow in doubt. I have no problem sitting down and reading a book with a child, nor do I have a problem explaining big words to them. However, I shouldn’t have to explain a word practically every other page, and I expect with this book I’d spend more time explaining some of the big words than we’d spend actually reading it.

You’d think by looking at the cover that this book would be filled with cute little illustrations, right? The robot on the front cover is adorable. Unfortunately, for what seems like at least half the book, you see the same white robot on the same perfectly blank background, just in slightly different positions or holding different objects. My child lost interest 4 pages in, and I only finished it because I’d marked it for review.

A child might enjoy it if they were obsessed with robots, but honestly, I’d give it a pass anyways. It’s just not well done. There are much better choices out there for the age range, and the ‘life lesson’ falls flat.  Apparently this author has written over 100 children’s books. If this is an example of what to expect from his work, I’d be wary about checking the others out. Sometimes one needs to consider quality over quantity.  If I were a Robot is not quality.

2 Star Rating

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Title: If I were a Robot | Author: Scott Gordon | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2012-3-15 | Pages: 54 | ASIN: B007L5PZI4 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 2 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-3-21 | Source: Kindle Promo


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