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Cosmo and the Robot

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Life on Mars is never dull, especially when you've got your trusty Solar System Utility Belt (with ten supersonic attachments) strapped on. But what will Cosmo do when his haywire robot resurrects himself from the asteroid dump and goes after big sister Jewel? High-tech tools can save the day, but Cosmo just might be armed with enough quick thinking and enough ingenuity to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2000)
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Feb 17, 2010 Lauma rated it really liked it
Award winning author, J. Brian Pinkney, has crafted a unique science fiction tale for children in the primary grades. Although culturally generic, the futuristic story is about an African-American family that is stationed on Mars to study the composition of its rocks. The parents, busy with their scientific experiments, are annoyed with their childrens' squabbling and send them out to look for more rocks. Cosmo then finds that his malfunctioning robot is threatening his sister and must find a qu ...more
Derrick Schneider
Oct 04, 2014 Derrick Schneider rated it it was ok
Plus one star for the non-white protagonists. Minus four for the massive gender bias. Cosmo has a robot and a utility belt full of cool stuff. His older sister has an E-Z Bake Oven. Cosmo uses his tools to explore the world. His sister grouses about doing chores. Cosmo subdues the menacing robot. His sister runs around being chased by it. Cosmo fixes the robot. His sister asks if she can help, and then, upon realizing her younger brother was the wise one all along, asks if he can fix her E-Z Bak ...more
 (NS) Amie
Oct 21, 2009 (NS) Amie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Cosmo, along with his family, and his trusty robot, Rex, live on Mars. He loves to build things and take things apart with his tools. Cosmo's life isn't easy, though. His sister, Jewel, is constantly picking on him and bossing him around, and his beloved robot started acting like a monster. Cosmo is devastated when his father takes broken Rex, his only friend, to the junkyard, and even his new Super Solar System Utility Belt doesn't make it better. Jewel and Cosmo are sent to collect rocks for a ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Jenica rated it really liked it
Cosmo and the Robot tells the story of a young boy named Cosmo who lives on Mars with your family. He has a robot as a best friend named Rex. When something helpings to Rex and makes him act like a monster. Rex is brought to the dump and Cosmo is very sad. His sister Jewel is not nice to Cosmo at all. However, when Jewel and Cosmo go searching for rocks they split up and Jewel gets chased by Rex. Cosmo remembers Rex's one weakness and uses it to save Jewel. Then Cosmo fixes Rex and Jewel
Jaclyn Giordano
Feb 15, 2010 Jaclyn Giordano rated it really liked it
Cosmo and the Robot by Brian Pinkney is a picture book intended for readers in preschool through grade three. I gave it four stars. Cosmo, his robot friend Rex, and his big sister Jewel live happily on Mars until, one day, Rex is broken and turns evil, forcing Cosmo to give up his best friend. One day, Cosmo and Jewel come face to face with the evil Rex and Cosmo is forced to defend his sister against the evil robot. Cosmo saves his sister and is put to the test when he tries to put together an ...more
The Brothers
Jan 22, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
Shelves: repair, loss, mars, robots, tools
A little boy and his family live on Mars, where the little boy has a "pet" robot. One day the robot goes berserk and is sent to the junk pile. The little boy receives a utility belt to deal with this crushing blow. The rest of the story is detailed descriptions of the boy using the tools on his belt - ultimately repairing his robot friend. Didn't really care for how mean the sister was to her little brother. Hardly fostering familial harmony.

Illustrations are okay.
Apr 27, 2012 Shauna rated it really liked it
This book is about a young boy who lives on Mars. His name is Cosmo, and his parents are scientists from Earth who have brought him and his sister Jewel from Earth to live on Mars. He is given a Solar System Utility Belt as a gift from his parents. This is a super special magical belt that allows him to do all sorts of crazy things.There are a lot of funny make believe terms that this magic belt has such as a ScrewdriverUranus, a Ultra-Magnifying GlassNepture, and Specimen BagPluto. This book re ...more
Sarah Clarke
Cosmo breaks his robot, Rex, and his parents give him a super solar system utility belt, fights with sister but they compromise
Ashley Jenkins
In the beginning Rex was like a dog and life on Mars was so normalizes, which was funny. It was cute and I liked it!
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 22, 2009 NS-Christine Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Cosmo and his family live on Mars. Cosmo's best friend is his robot, Rex. They do everything together, until one day Rex hits his head. Rex starts to change, he isn't the gentle robot Cosmo remembers. In fact, he acts like a monster! Cosmo's dad takes Rex to the asteroid dump, and Cosmo is very sad. To help cheer him up, Cosmo's parents bought him a Super Solar System Utility Belt! They send Cosmo and his sister to collect rocks, but wait until you see what they discovered instead!
Nov 03, 2009 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved this -- the real shame is that it's hard to get your hands on a copy. Cosmo is living in space, and his best friend is a clunky old robot. The setting is a little fantastic, but what's real about it is the stuff that's universal -- loving but working parents, a cranky big sister and the desire to somehow be great, even if you're not sure how. A totally cool book. You can almost never go wrong with robots and kids. (Unless you create kid robots?)
May 12, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
This book was a fun story about a boy and his robot. The robot is damaged and becomes and evil robot and Cosmo has to find out how to repair Rex the robot. This is an engaging story that is very far fetched, but still allows students to relate to some elements, while still having fun in a Sci-Fi world.
Jun 26, 2009 Nan rated it liked it
Pinkney's illustrations are always pleasant. I like the story here, too. It is a predictable plot. The little boy saves the day. BUT he's a black little boy. On Mars. And his best friend is a robot. Not a dog named Lassie.
Sep 01, 2013 Savannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I liked the creative names for the tools used in the story. However a bit long for my little boys to understand such names. I also liked how Cosmo ended up putting Rex back together and how he was back to himself again.
Feb 28, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it

Cosmo, a boy living on Mars, must come up with a quick solution when his malfunctioning robot Rex threatens his sister Jewel.
I love the pictures in this book and it was fun that it took place on Mars!
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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, (Jerry) Brian Pinkney was raised in an artistic household. "My two brothers and sister and I played musical instruments, and we were always drawing, painting, or building things," the illustrator once recalled of his childhood. While his mother, children's book author Gloria Jean Pinkney, would inspire all her children with a love of reading, it would be his father, ...more
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