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The Robots are Coming and Other Problems

By Andy Rash

Save this page; it celebrates the debut of a major new talent! 

Robots, werewolves, androids, mummies: These guys rule the world of imaginative play for a broad patch of most kids' lives. Now the New York Times illustrator Andy Rash lets them run amok across the ecstatically silly pages of his picture-book debut.

In sixteen poems chock-o-block full of allowance-stealing clones, snowmen whom you would never approach with a magic hat, a terrifying floor (which has just been mopped), and even the Loch Ness Monster (who gets blamed for a particularly bad mess in the house), Andy Rash lets readers escape from the mundane problems of the everyday world into a place that is, well, much funnier.

Everyone has a monster or two in their lives. Now some lucky children get to have a whole bevy of them, thanks to a thrilling new artist who is also a darn good poet.

Reviews and Awards

Bookselling This Week Kids' Pick of the List 2000

“The tongue-in-cheek poems are punctuated by jokes, and rhyme is played for laughs… The screwball gouache and ink illustrations are played for laughs, too. They zig and zag across the pages, affording a great sense of movement and plenty of fun: the cover illustration, for example, shows robots making off with parts of the book's title. Older children might be inspired to write some goofy horror poetry of their own.” - Booklist

“[A] clever tongue-in-cheek children's book debut… Rash uses comic-book panels and sequential images to pack a lot of action into his pages… Rash isn't the first to poke fun at classic monsters, but he has a keen sense for the pleasingly corny.” - Publishers Weekly

“Rash’s clever spins on familiar characters are well matched by the offbeat humor and style of his bold gouache and India ink illustrations.” - The Horn Book

“The ink-and-gouache art derives texture and depth from the dark fibrous paper, and the compositions have an atmospheric strength and clarity. Rash’s visual idiom is right in step with various Cartoon Network luminaries, so the cast looks both hip and homey.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Purchase Options
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Fall 2000
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-06306-X
Price: $15.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count: 40 SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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