Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Happy Monday! I am overjoyed Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken stopped by to chat with me about Penny Rose, Corinna's illustrations, robots, Lark, and illustrated chapter books. I wrote the words in purple, Carolyn wrote the words in black, and Corinna wrote the words in orange. Thank you, Carolyn and Corinna! 

Weird Little Robots tells the story of two eleven-year-old makers, one curious squirrel, three Secret Science Club members, and five weird little robots that magically come to life.

Corinna Luyken’s illustrations are utterly fantastic, amazing, glorious, quirky, wonderful, and simply perfect in every way!

Did you know Penny Rose has an entire notebook filled with drawings of inventions, like a supersonic hair detangler, an earlobe massager, and an electronic scooter that doubles as a vacuum cleaner?

On October 1, 2019, Weird Little Robots lands on bookstore shelves!

WEIRD LITTLE ROBOTS. Text copyright © 2019 by Carolyn Crimi. Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Corinna Luyken. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
Carolyn Crimi’s manuscript for Weird Little Robot came into my life at the absolute right time- my daughter is about to turn 10 and she and her friends are the PERFECT age for it. In fact, one friend’s daughter read the whole book in one sitting… while at a pizza party at our house!

Robots are ridiculously fun to draw, especially when they are made from found objects.

Did you know Lark reminds me a bit of my mom, who is a botanist/biologist and frequently stops on walks to talk to crows.

Illustrated chapter books are something my daughter and I are reading TONS of together these days. They are an absolute delight. 

Look for Weird Little Robots on October 1, 2019. 

When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.

Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.


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