Weird Little Robots
At the beginning of Carolyn Crimi’s charming new audiobook, Weird Little Robots, 11-year-old Penny Rose Mooney has just moved with her parents to a new neighborhood and begun attending a new school. A tall, gangly, self-conscious preteen with a vivid imagination and a talent for inventing things, Penny longs more than anything for a friend. Too shy to interact socially with the classmates at her new school, she spends her free time piecing together tiny toy robots from odds and ends she finds around her house: an old calculator, a broken cell phone, a discarded pencil sharpener, a broken thermometer. Penny’s life suddenly improves when she befriends her next-door neighbor, Lark Hinkle, a shy, socially ostracized girl who has built an entire city’s worth of birdhouses in her backyard and who volunteers to construct a Robot Town to house Penny’s inventions. When Penny’s homemade robots miraculously spring to life on their own one evening, without the aid of the batteries that she normally used to activate them, Penny and Lark swear an oath together not to tell anyone else about what has happened. But when Penny receives a mysterious invitation to join a Secret Science Society, she is tempted to break the oath she has made with Lark, risking both the two girls’ friendship and the safety of the robots in the process. Narrated with a childlike urgency and sense of wonder by voice actress Cassandra Lee Morris, Weird Little Robots is a spirited, fanciful tale about the creative interplay between invention and imagination and the transformative power of friendship.
David Shirley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.