Laugh out loud funny!
Robomop's attempts to escape the basement bathroom he cleans are a blend of Chaplin-esque high-jinks and determined toddler antics. Laugh out loud funny! And the social justice commentary is light as a feather when both Robomop and his human friend who cleans windows are replaced by an even more industrious Cleanerette. Rodriguez's illustrations are reminiscent of mid-century protest posters with muted watercolors.
Ideas for Making it Real
Others' reviews have likened Robomop to Rolie Polie Olie, but he's far closer to Charlie Chaplin without the mustache!
An older child might appreciate a Chaplin silent short film but it's probably best to turn on your younger child's favorite music for a mini-dance party! TimeOut's list of 15 Best Dance Songs for Kids is a good place to start!
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Marshall (1942 - 1992) studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and taught school before turning to writing and illustrating children's books in the late 1970s. Marshall illustrated more than seventy books, the majority of which he also wrote.
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