Friday, December 20, 2013

Children's Book Review - Clink, Kelly DiPucchio, Matthew Myers (Ill.)



Kelly DiPucchio, Matthew Myers (Ill)

Category: Children’s Picture Book

Synopsis: Once a state-of-the-art robot, Clink is now obsolete. As his late-model robot friends leave one by one, he wonders if he’ll ever leave the store.

Rating: *** (3-star scale)

So Clink, a toaster-slash-radio robot, has had his fifteen minutes of fame, and now he’s rusty and decrepit. His shiny new robot friends find homes with excited children, and no one even looks at Clink anymore. So one day Clink just shuts down completely. Powers off. Over and out. Poor little guy.

But then, a little boy who likes fixing things—and dry toast—comes in and takes Clink home. 

This isn’t an original plotline, nor is the writing stellar, but one thing saves it from Averageville: the illustrations. I loved these illustrations! They’re humorous and full of color and detail. I was smitten.

We all have those toys that were way better than the ones that come in shiny new boxes at Christmastime. That old doll that was raggedy and didn’t cry or have sleepy-eyes or hair that grew or the ability to wet a teeny weeny diaper? That doll was better. We didn’t know why, but we didn’t question it either. The heart loves what it loves. 

And, finally a book for boys! There are lots of girls books (because girls are encouraged to be bookish?), and there are lots of animal books and books that appeal to both genders, but I have a hard time finding “boy” books. This is a good one.

Would you recommend this to a friend?

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