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Winter 2019 PGC Master Catalogue

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Fixer the Robot
By (author): John Kelly
9780571336364 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Technology / General Jul 12, 2019
$25.50 CAD
Active 10.04 x 9.93 x 0.32 in | 370 gr 32 pages Color illustrations throughout Faber & Faber Faber & Faber Children's
Every morning, FIXER robot, trundles up the hill To help the other robots as they dig and push and drill. A charming text that combines a truly heart-wrenching story with mechanical details, sure to enchant every young engineer.

John Kelly is an Illustrator, writer and designer. He mostly writes and illustrates picture books but has also illustrated a young series (Ivy Pocket) and illustrates book covers too. He has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway prize twice (Guess Who's Coming for Dinner? andScoop!). He has also been shortlisted for the Royal Society/Rhone Poulenc science book prize four times, (The Robot Zoo, Everyday Machines, Pox, Plagues & Pestilence & Don't Flush).

"No good deed goes unpunished. Or, in this case, unflattened in a rockslide.Selfless robot Fixer tools about the hills in search of robots in need of his repair skills. In a single day he meets up with Dug and his broken spade, Bull and his near-dead battery, and Gertie with her busted gearbox. As he repairs each and every one of them, Fixer sometimes gives up bits and pieces of himself to help them out. Unfortunately, before he can go home to recover, a landslide suddenly bowls him over and inters him down and deep. Fortunately, his friends are no ingrates. Upon noticing their friend's untimely burial, the three set about using the gifts he gave them in an impromptu rescue. Digital art places Fixer and friends in a sometimes-barren, human-free landscape that feels distinctly out of this world. The gentle rhymes won't challenge anyone's tongue, even on a first read. While there is little to distinguish this from the hordes of other helpful-bot books on the shelves, the gentlecycle of one good deed deserving another, alongside plentiful robot action sequences, is sure to please both caregivers and their robot-worshiping offspring. A simple paean to gratitude for the mechanized and fleshy alike." —Kirkus

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