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. Volume XXI Number 41. . . .June 26, 2015
Power Down, Little Robot is the newest work from PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discover Award-winning author Anna Staniszewski. This book is a successful diversion from Staniszewski’s typical method of writing for tween-age readers.
Power Down, Little Robot tells the all-too-familiar story of the typical bedtime struggle: a young child is told that it’s time for bed, and resistance ensues. Unlike the typical bedtime struggle story, however, this conflict takes place in space between two robots: a Mom Unit, and her Little Robot. Parallels are drawn between real human life and robot life: the Little Bot finds every reason to stall his mother, asking her to “read… a manual” (p. 8), and pretending he forgot to “brush [his] cogs” (p. 19). Though the little one stalls, Mom Unit has answers for everything: she fast-forwards through a bedtime manual tale and “plays back the recording from earlier” (p. 19) of his clean cogs. The prose flows well with clever dialogue between mother and son that will surely resonate with parents—and their children—whether robot or not.
Nikita Griffioen, who is currently finishing her degree at British Columbia’s University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, will go on to teach high school and hopes to write and illustrate books of her own.
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