Scaletta, Kurtis The Winter of the Robots, 257 pgs. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Language – PG (1 swear, 0 “f”), Sexual Content – G; Violence – PG;
Being Oliver’s “Igor” isn’t enough for Jim anymore, so Jim switches partners for the opportunity to do something useful in this year’s science fair project. The action Jim is so excited to be a part of ends up including the building of more than one robot for the fair, though. Jim escalates from a little science fair project to entering a robot competition to saving the neighborhood. Who knew Jim could do more than just arts and crafts? As Jim and his friends’ goals intensified, the story became more fun to read.
There was a lot of information about the actual building of the robots, but Scaletta didn’t get so detailed as to lose my attention or confuse me (a non-computer whiz). The resolution was nice, but the scene before that started should have been more awesome than it was and made the pinnacle of Jim’s story feel very anti-climactic.
MS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen