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Robot SMASH! By Stephen W. Martin. Illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon.

When genre-filmmaker, Stephen Martin (who has a knack specializing in blood, gore and whimsical storytelling), writes a children’s picture book, you can be certain that it is going to be a bit off the wall. And with a name like Robot SMASH! he stays true to his calling.



Robot puppy dogs…SMASH!

Brussels sprouts…SMASH!

Petunias…SMASH!

Zombies….SMASH!

Ninjas….SMASH!

Yup, this robot definitely isn't picky. This smash-happy guy just can’t stop smashing anything that he encounters on his way.

That is…until he meets super-smashing girl-robot. Who is a like a Thor character in comparison to him. He becomes smitten by this glorious giant of a beauty, who unfortunately is totally oblivious to his feelings. Sadly, robot guy gets smashed by his one true love.

Illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon, the drawings are intentionally pixelated. Coming from a video game artistry background, his illustrations have appeared around the world in UTNE Reader, Runner’s World, the National Post, Financial Post and Pylon as well as in a book for adults  (The Geek’s Guide to Dating).


The illustrations are in your face and although I’m certain there are lots of boisterous kids who will go bonkers over this book, parents need to heed some caution about the content. Years ago, I was part of the committee that Rated the Pixar movie Wall-e and I was made aware of the minor things that can establish the rating of a movie. In this case there's the question of whether it hits the movie theatres with a G or a PG rating. 

Robot SMASH! is definitely a book that will stand out in the minds of the young and impressionable. And if anything, get them excited about Reading Time.


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3 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

Robot SMASH! is published by Chirp, chickaDEE and OWL 
Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)


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