A Day with Wilbur Robinson (Dinosaur Bob)
Come meet the Robinsons: Young Wilbur has a robot. Uncle Art has his own flying saucer. Cousin Laszlo has an antigravity device. The butler is an octopus.
It's snowing in the east wing. And somebody left the Time Machine on, so . . . Well, perhaps you'd care to read what happens next.
From William Joyce, creator of the Emmy-winning Rolie Polie Olie as well as author and...more
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However, I think what really impressed me was its movie adaptation, Meet the Robinsons (2007) that Jzhun also lent me together with the book. Had I seen only the book, I would have rated this with 2 stars (It’s okay) because the plot was so thin ...more
A Day Like No Other
(A Review of William Joyce’s A Day with Wilbur Robinson)
Few children picture books have that rare quality to equally charm and enchant youngsters as well as adult readers. William Joyce undoubtedly has it; this coming from someone who came around his second Joyce picture book and never seems to tire to read it repeatedly, for A Day with Wilbur Robinson is his best work I’ve encountered yet.
As the title makes plain, this simple plot, “a thickly disguised account of William Joyc ...more
This book was so much fun. Disney did a great job pulling most of the experiences that Lewis had at the Robinson house. I loved all the funny things that happened to them. My favorite part was the dinos hanging out at the pool. The illustr ...more
I wish our lives looked like William Joyce's illustrations. If I had to pick whic ...more
This picture book was the basis for the “Meet the Robinson’s movie (2007). The illustrations are brilliant and artistic, the story is relatively plotless (looking for grandpa’s teeth) but the large illustrations - reminiscent of the illustrations from the ...more
Wilbur Robinson has a remarkable family, and when his friend comes to visit, he gets to hang out with all of them (including the dinosaurs who arrived via time machine and the octopus butler named Lefty). Will Wilbur and his buddy be able to solve the case of grandfather's missing teeth??
It was only AFTER I finished watching Meet the Robinsons that I learned that it was based on this book (all my research for my chronological Disney source-material read-through and I didn't even bother to ...more
Welcome to the world of the Robinson’s where games and creativity are necessary for survival! Meatball cannons, walking pet tigers, driving a spaceship, and finding grandpa’s dentures are a few of the activities during the day. In his book, A Day with Wilbur Robinson William Joyce presents an engaging tale filled with creations of the imagination within a futuristic setting.
The book starts off with the main character going to visit his friend Wilbur. The readers quickly learn ...more
I had already read "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" a few years ago and loved it. I've used it when teaching grades three through eight. I was happily surprised when the majority of students in all of the grades not only like the book and short film, but felt inspired after ...more
Anyway, get the book. It's magical. Will resonate with your memories of that one friend whose house was a whirly gig adventure everytime you came over to play. Wilbur's family members are artists, inventors, scientists, musicians, magicia ...more
Well, this isn't a *bad* review per se. I gave the book three stars. But it was just sort of "meh" for me. I can see how a little kid might delight in all the zaniness happening at Wilbur Robinson's house, but this book just doesn't have any plot besides seeing the crazy things the Robinsons are up to (unless you count Grandpa's lost teeth as the plot.) We never find out WHY Wilbur Robinson's family is so strange, and there is ...more
The story is about two friends spending the day together, their chief objective being to locate grandpa's false teeth. Wilbur's relatives are full of quirks, and the search proves to be fascinating for his visiting friend.
The artwork is unquestionably worth the time it takes to read the book, but the te ...more
Wait, did I write that? Hrm.. yes I did.
Anyway, the general plot of the book is a boy goes to see his friend Wilbur Robinson, and spends the day with Wilbur's eccentric family. That's about it. There's not much to the story. The prose is flat and it isn't much fun to read aloud.
The pictures, on the other hand, are spectacular. They provide an entertaining and whimsical look at an off-kilter family who all do their own thing. It's easy t ...more
I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this book at the library. I have heard some chatter about William Joyce's creative books but I had no idea he was the mastermind behind one ...more
The only real draw-back for me was that there wasn't nearly as much plot as in the movie, Meet the Robinson's (which albeit came a significantly long time afterward). The plot is just about two kids walking around the house, meeting all the family and such, in search of the grandpa and his teeth. Nevertheless, the family is quite interesting (and it seems they're meant to be the focus), and so are their house and things.
The art was GREAT. The wacky characters give the book a light and humorous feel. It's now one of my favorite children's books.I feel as though "Meet the Robinson's" was an awesome movie, and it did well to keep true to the book, even though, it was defiantly expanded on, for the lack of plot [versus a novel, in general]. This book stands very well on its own, even before the movie. If you get a chance, read it.
I love Joyce's style, and this is such a fun book with a perfectly crazy family.
The more I read his books, the more they delight me. A perfect world should have a dancing frog band, and read-alouds, and a tree big enough for people to sleep on mattresses in pairs, and a hat shaped like the Empire State Building with King Kong and an airplane on it.