Our wee lad is tired of the same old ‘mum is working’ routine. He has an idea.
He’ll make his own robot mama!
A mama who protects him from the neighbour’s dog, who doesn’t make him eat boiled peas and never yells at him. Indeed, he puts a lot of careful thought into the perfect robot mama, and just as the robot’s done, the boy realises something awful.
How can he hug a robot??
Yet again, author Cali has an uncanny knack for heart-string tugging, with a story that is timely, relevant and resplendent with ‘another side to the story’. This is a book about love in its squishiest form, and it's done with wit and candour, as is Cali's way.
Cantone's stunning illustrations take this book to a whole other level (as is her way), with kooky etchings and splashes of divine colour and illustratious angles. Gorgeous.
First published in Italy under the title Voglio una mamma-robot, and translated by Marcel Danesi.
Title: Mama Robot
Author: Davide Cali, translated by Marcel Danesi
Illustrator: AnnaLaura Cantone
Publisher: Tundra Books, $27.95 RRP
Publication Date: 12 February 2008
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 4 - 10
Type: Picture Book