On 'Bring your Dad to School Day', Daisy and Dylan are a little embarrassed by their Dad. Nobody really understood what their dad did and they all laughed. Daisy and Dylan wanted their Dad to be more like the other dads.
"You invent weird gadgets. And weirder recipes. You know nothing about football."
Daisy and Dylan's Dad is an inventor and a little bit quirky. He decides to show Daisy and Dylan that differences are not necessarily a bad thing and that not all Dad's should be the same. To do this, he creates Robopop, the 21st Century Father Figure! Robopop is going to babysit Daisy and Dylan for the day, but he may not be as fabulous as he seems. Perhaps Daisy and Dylan should be careful what they wish for?
At first Robopop seemed pretty cool, he loves to play football and even helps Daisy cut the queue for the swing at the playground. It doesn't take long, though before things start going wrong. Robopop takes everything to extremes. He wants to win the football game, no matter what! When Daisy and Dylan want to have a bath and read a bedtime story, Robopop thinks exercise and football training is what they need. Even their Dad's cooking is better than Robopop's, at least he gives them pudding! Daisy and Dylan start to realise that their unique inventor Dad is not so bad after all.
The story is a fun one to read aloud and Robopo speaks in rhyme compared to the rest of the prose text of the story. I really enjoyed speaking in my best robot voice. I also really loved the change of font when Robopop was talking too.
The illustrations are bright, colourful and full of fun. We loved trying to spot Daisy and Dylan's real dad throughout the book. He continues to keep an eye on the kids while they are with Robopop and hides in the some very funny places.
This is such a fun story with a lovely message that everyone is special and unique and we don't have to all fit the same mould. Also how could I forget the other message of be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
Title: Robopop A Dad in A Box
Author: Alice Hemming
Illustrator: James Lent
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing
Publication Date: January 2015
After reading Robopop, Emily really wanted to make her own robot. So we raided the recycling bin and our useful box. We found a selection of boxes, tubs, buttons and other bits and pieces that we knew would make a pretty awesome robot.
Emily spent quite a lot of time playing around with the position of boxes to get the robot shape she wanted.
She knew immediately that she wanted to use bottle lids for eyes and give her robot a happy purple felt smile.
Apart from a little help with attaching the robot's arms, Emily created the robot on her own. I love the little hat with pink felt hair too and all the detail she included for robot buttons.
Emily insisted that her robot was a girl and her name was Calley. She was so proud of her robot that I had to print off a photo of it, so she could take it to preschool to show her teacher.
Creating recycled robots is such a fun and super easy activity and was a great way to bring the story of Robopop to life for the kids.