Friday, December 21, 2012

ReaditDaddy's Book of the Week - "No Bot - the Robot With No Bottom" by Sue Hendra (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

As soon as we saw Sue Hendra's latest book, we knew we'd love it. Sue's books are always cute in spades, hilariously funny and have the sort of characters that stick in the mind (we've loved Normal the Snail with the Funny Shell and Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat). How many books off the top of your head can get away with being so downright cheeky yet so endearing?

"No-Bot - The Robot With No Bottom" tells us the tale of Bernard the Robot (such a great name, more children should be called Bernard!) While playing on the swings one day, Bernard realises he's left behind a rather vital part of his anatomy. His bottom!

Fruitless searching back at the playground doesn't reveal its whereabouts, and soon Bernard enlists the help of his animal friends on a great bot-bottom hunt! Has Bird used it as a nest? Has Bear used it as part of his drum kit? Has dog taken it to use as a rather novel window box?

When Bernard finally tracks down his bottom, all seems lost. Will Bernard the No-Bot win the day and get his butt back?

It goes without saying that anything vaguely relating to bottoms - specially robot ones -  is utterly and completely hilarious. This is one of those rare books that has Charlotte giggling her head off all the way through, and even more so at the very end when Bernard neatly sets things up for a sequel (pleasepleasepleasepleasePLEASE Sue, we want more Bernard!)

Fantastic, and as our last book of the week for 2012, it's a corker! Look out for it on 3rd January 2013!

Charlotte's best bit: That final frame! So brilliantly funny!

Daddy's favoutite bit: I love Sue's illustrations, and her great characters. Can't wait to see whether Bernard gets a sequel.

(Kindly supplied to us for review by Simon and Schuster Children's Books)


Alex Walsh said...

We absolutely love No-bot. Every time I read it, Claire's giggling hysterically in the background. I have trouble keeping a straight face too.

ReadItDaddy said...

It's rather brilliant isn't it. Sue Hendra has the gift of producing perfect before-bedtime books, just the right length, loads of giggles to dispel bad dreams, and brilliant brilliant characters!