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If I Had a Robot by Dan Yaccarino
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If I Had a Robot

by Dan Yaccarino

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If I Had A Robot is about a boy who wished he had a robot to eat his veggies, take a bath for him, and do all the things he doesn't want to do. ( )
  BriannaMaeee | Feb 24, 2015 |
A young kid has to eat his peas, but he dreams of having a robot to help him with this task. Phil (the young boy, who doesn't like to eat peas) dreams of all the other things in life his robot could help him with. His robot could do everything for him he doesn't like to do, even kiss his aunt Louise. However, Phil's mom let's him know that if he eats his peas, he can have some chocolate cake for dessert. He doesn't think he needs the robot anymore..."if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself."
  shane54 | Feb 18, 2015 |
Young Phil imagined having a robot that would do all of the things he hated to do (eating vegetables, doing chores, homework, etc.). He changed his mind when he realized the rewards for taking over his own responsibilities. ( )
  dbcollin | Nov 11, 2012 |
Phil’s not allowed to leave the dinner table until he finishes his vegetables, a food group he detests. If only he had a robot to eat his cauliflower and Brussels sprouts with a flick of a switch. Having a robot would be so helpful! He’d do everything Phil doesn’t want to do, practice his piano lessons, feed the dog, and even kiss Aunt Louise. The robot would help Phil become king of the world! No, the universe! Phil’s imagination is soaring until Mom says, “Whoever eats their vegetables gets chocolate cake for dessert!” Suddenly, Phil is a lot more motivated to finish his dinner without a robot friend.

The illustrations feature Yaccarino’s signature big-headed, wide-mouthed human characters, plus an army of robots. Each page features a slightly different robot; it’s as if Phil is using his imagination to try out different robot looks. There’s a timeless quality to the characters and the settings, as if Phil has been daydreaming while reading a stack of Popular Mechanics magazines from the 1950’s. The minimal text is conversational and has a great sense of rhythm, even though the lines don’t rhyme.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-126-if-i-had-robot-by-dan.html
  amy-picturebookaday | May 6, 2012 |
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If Phil had a robot, it would do everything he didn't want to do -- eat his brussels sprouts, take his bath, and do his homework. No one would ever pick on him again. He'd be king of the world! Dan Yaccarino's simple, lively text and exuberant retro-styled illustrations bring this bold and funny fantasy to life.

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Phil imagines the advantages of having a robot, from feeding it his vegetables to becoming king of the playground.

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