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A Day with Wilbur Robinson (Dinosaur Bob)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  653 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1988)
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Engel Dreizehn Different from movie (which in my opinion...last 1/2 of the movie esp was darker) in terms of story especially but share similar "traits". Ex. singing…moreDifferent from movie (which in my opinion...last 1/2 of the movie esp was darker) in terms of story especially but share similar "traits". Ex. singing frogs, a crazy but loving family and the retro-future art style.(less)

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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 15, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: jzhunagev
Shelves: childrens, borrowed
A Day with Wilbur Robinson (1990) is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by William Joyce. I reviewed his earlier book Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo yesterday so this is my second book by him. I am still impressed.

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
Jun 15, 2011 Apokripos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kidz at ♥!
Recommended to Apokripos by: Blooey Singson
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
Apr 17, 2009 Chak marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The inside jacket says "Ages 4 - reasonably ancient," so I didn't have to guess on an age range for this one. Thanks, Harper Collins! This very silly book is a great intro to crazy sci-fi for kids. The narrator goes over to Wilbur's house for a visit, and while Wilbur is bored out of his mind, his wacky family of absurdist scientists is creating novel and ridiculous things and scenarios. This book is for kids who are prompted to giggle incessantly by any sort of non-sensical mayhem. There are a ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS A BOOK BEFORE IT WAS A MOVIE!! I absolutely love the Disney movie, "Meet the Robinsons". I had no idea that it was a book before it was a movie! I thought it was a Disney creation around Disney's famous "Keep Moving Forward" tagline.

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
Elisha Condie
Jan 28, 2009 Elisha Condie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We love William Joyce books at our house. This one and "Dinosaur Bob" are our favorites. This book is so cool - the narrator kid goes to spend the day at his friend William Robinson's house. The Robinsons are all super cool - Uncle Orbley has an anti-gravity machine, Grandpa conducts a frog swing band, and William's sister wears a prom dress shaped like a skyscraper with a hat that includes King Kong and airplanes.

I wish our lives looked like William Joyce's illustrations. If I had to pick whic
Ms. Sweeney
His art work is novel but i'm never impressed with his writing.
Zacaro Caro
Dec 14, 2011 Zacaro Caro rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was written by... Mad libs?
Jun 12, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Robinson household is very unique. Wilbur Robinson’s best friend has come for a visit, and they spend the day searching for Grandpa’s teeth among dinosaurs, robots, giant worms, dancing frogs and Wilbur’s extremely eccentric family members.

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
Mar 14, 2017 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for grandfather's false teeth in the Robinson's house proves to be a real hoot. The retro illustrations are reminiscent of the 1950's, a true feast for the eyes. This story is lots of fun, with time travel, innovative inventions, and winsome reminders of the past such as Mr. Armstrong, and Mr. Ellington serenading with the frog band. This will be a hit for a read aloud.
Engel Dreizehn
Although the movie adaptation is different in many ways....still a very rich, warm and funny book. Joyce's characteristic style is present with some 50's retro futurism. More of romp exploring a very weird but loving family that includes singing frogs, weird gadgets and...the butler is an octopus?!
Drew Graham
Nov 16, 2014 Drew Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me

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
Ashley Biberstine
A Not So Boring Day

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
Maria Roman
May 01, 2016 Maria Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Day with Wilbur Robinson is a picture book written by William Joyce. This picture book is a mystery book written for children ages four and up. The story is told through an unnamed characters view as he visits his best friend, Wilbur Robinson’s house. When the narrator gets to Wilbur’s house, they are asked to help find Grandfather and his missing teeth. The boys go on a quest to find both missing grandfather and teeth. They begin by talking to all members of the Robinson Family. Soon, the na ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Alicea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were a few classes that I took as a Library Sciences major that really stuck with me. One was Reader's Advisory (how to help someone choose a book...sound familiar?) and the other was Children's Literature. As you already know, I absolutely love children's literature. However, I was led to believe that as an adult my enjoyment of picture books was over. WRONG! Some of the best picture books are the best because they appeal to all ages. I'm giving all of this backstory because today's revie ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2016
My four year old boy and I sat down to watch "Meet the Robinson's" on the Disney channel last week. We both thought it was awesome! During the end credits I saw that it was based on a book by William Joyce.

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
Oct 25, 2007 Julee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
One of my most favorite children's books ever. William Joyce is stupendous! Disney made a movie of this earlier this year, now out on DVD called Meet the Robinsons. It's farily different -- I suppose because they needed more material for a feature-length movie.

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
Lacey Louwagie
I always feel like a bad person when I give picture books bad reviews.

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
"Meet the Robinsons", a movie created by Disney, is based on this book, "A Day with Wilbur Robinson". The movie is one of my favorites, so unsurprisingly, I searched out the book it was based on.

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
Dec 18, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
After watching Meet The Robinsons, I was kinda curious how much actually came from the book. Most of it was the characters. Oh, those lovable, memorable characters. Wilbur, Uncles Dmitri & Spike, Lefty, Aunt Billie, Cousin Pete, Uncle Gaston, Mr. & Mrs. Robinson, Carl the Robot, Grandfather and his lost teeth, Uncle Judlow and his brain augmentor, Tallulah, Blanche, Cousin Laszlo, Mr. Ellington, Mr. Armstrong, the frog band, & Uncle Art. I love those characters!!! This book is great ...more
Apr 21, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like the pictures and aren't worried about the words.
The source for the easily superior film, Meet the Robinsons.

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
This program was a smash. The kids had a blast with it. The only reason I gave the book a 3 was because it took me a good long time to come up with activities that would go along well with it. We played Find Grandpas Teeth (I put a bunch of clip art teeth all over the room, and the kids who found the most won.) I had them each draw a picture of what their superpower or strange interest would be if they were a Robinson, and I had them match the Robinson's with their superpower (an idea I got from ...more
While creating my Books-to-Movies booklist(s), I have been learning of many movies that I did not know were originally books. Such as this one. "Meet the Robinsons" was based off of this book (as well as a tiny bit of Walt Disney's history). And the movie certainly included quite a bit of the oddball characters that are in the book. I like that the book is written. No bizarre relative gets more focus than another, making it seem like all of this is quite ordinary and unspectacular. A fun book fo ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A young boy spends the day with his friend, Wilbur Robinson. Wilbur's family is extraordinary and even a mundane task, such as searching for Grandfather's missing teeth, becomes a wild adventure with the Robinsons around. Our favorite scenes are the dancing frogs and shooting the meatball across the table with the canon.

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
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Mark Dewey
This was pretty good.

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.
Carolina Cruz
Short book, and BOY DID I LIKE IT!

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.
Jan 23, 2010 Bill rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, film, fantasy, children
Saw the film (Meet the Robinsons); had to read the book, even though it's a slim volume for young children (ages 4-8). It's easy to see why someone thought this was charming. But it also must have been a chore adding a real story to what is essentially just a collection of humorous vignettes. Apparently, there is a second edition that adds a few more scenes, but is still not exactly what is in the film. Fun!
1997 January 1

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.

Library copy.
Jun 27, 2015 Thebruce1314 rated it really liked it
I feel torn about this book. I enjoyed it, but it was weird<\i>! SO weird. I get that it's about imagination and play, but...there wasn't really a story, just a collection of strange happenings. The artwork, of course, is magnificent and is the book's saving grace. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm intrigued to see where Disney takes this.
Sep 14, 2012 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-book
I was disappointed with this and so was my daughter. I think it's unfair to the book though, because we couldn't help comparing it to the movie. I didn't know that Disney took this book and completely gave it an entirely new meaning. This is not a bad book, it just has the unfortunate luck of being compared to a really awesome movie.
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