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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Introducing a team of robots powerful enough to change the world--and yet smaller than the dot at the end of this sentence!
A boy inventor creates the ultimate in high-tech superheroes that could one day save the world--but they have some smaller problems to take on first! NanoBots are tiny. They're almost too small to see, but they can each do a unique and important job:
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was...okay? It's kind of neat to introduce the concept of nanotechnology to the Very Small Ones, but the story didn't really work for me. It was almost all exposition, and only a little bit of plot - and it ends with the nanobots being completely unrecognized for their work and potential by everyone except the inventor.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
There's not much of a story to this, in my opinion, but it is one of the books that the boys picked to reread before we return it to the library. They also just got into Dinotrux, which is a show created by this author.
Carol Scrimgeour
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, robots
Illustrations are awesome but the plot is disappointingly weak.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 3 stars
Illustrations: 5 stars

There's honestly not much of a story in this picture book, but in a fun, comprehensible manner it introduces nano-robotics and some of its applications in the real world. Illustrations are vibrant, colorful, and science-y.
Where do we get some of these nanobots? 😀
Villain E
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The artwork is amazing. Chris Gall is one of my favorites. But this is very blatently a pitch for a cartoon, to the point where the first half the book is character sheets. We do eventually get a story.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's a very cool book, actually, because nano-nanobots save the world (well, not really), but bigger things lie ahead of them, besides, fixing a bigger robot and things like that: cleaning the kitchen!
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the tiny robot concept. Storyline fell a little flat to me. Mostly a book introducing the robots and their specific functions/skills. Still cute though : )
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Boys will love this one. Or anyone who loves robotics or science. Engaging illustrations. Had a very comic book feel to it.
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I had some ChewBots to help clean up, especially the gum students get on the library carpet. I was happy to see the page at the end spotlighting some real nanobots.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-picture-books
A fun exploration of nanobots and their amazing possibilities.
Karla Winick-Ford
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Like a comic book
Reminiscent of a Star Wars plot-ish
Just didn’t like it
More high quality books out there to devote time to
Eliot Reads
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about all kinds of useful, tiny robots that can only be seen with a microscope. Super imaginative!
The Brothers
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner by the creator of DinoTrux! These little robots are fun to read about and see how they use their unique abilities to help others.

Cool illustrations!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. I wish this had been about ACTUAL nanotechnology rather than just make believe.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations
Hallie Jackson
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
3 stars

What happens: An inventor creates teeny, tiny robots who can perform a variety of tasks that can't be undertaken by larger robots. They can look for things, fix things, make letters, clean in small spaces, solve medical issues, work in agriculture, provide security, help in search missions, and even help build things on a molecular level--all pretty amazing stuff. When all of the nanobots arrive at a robotics competition, they feel somewhat self conscious around all of the large robots. H
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A boy creates robots that are so small, you can’t see them with the naked eye. He calls them “nanobots” and starts to equip them for special jobs that only they can do. There are the Seekerbots that explore amoebas, Mechanobots that work fixing things, Helobots that stick together to make something new, Medibots that work in the human body to repair it, and many more. So the boy took the robots to the science fair where there was also a very large robot. The large robot though was not put togeth ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
With the help of his Nanobots such as the Seekerbots, which are so tiny they can see into unknown areas, Mechanobots can repair anything, Helobots can fly anywhere and stick together in any form, Chewbots eat up hard to remove yucky undesirable items, and Medibot keeps his owner's body germ free, etc., the young inventor begins to appreciate the powers of his robots, too small for the eye to see. Working together his tiny robots achieve amazing feats. The brilliant three dimensional appearing il ...more
Damon Stamper
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
My boy loves this book. It's one of his top 2 favorites, the other being Dinotrux.

As for me... it has a very weak plot, but the concept of nanobots and their utility is good. Good illustrations. There is a section at the end that covers potential real-world uses for nanobots.

As far as the book itself, It starts out with an inventor who somehow doesn't know what he's building until he's built it (but that only lasts a single page). The first half of the book is about introducing "species" of nan
Kate Puleo Unger
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Christopher and Jim first read Nanobots, but he wanted to read it again with me the next night. That's always a good sign. This book is almost non-fiction. It describes different nanobots, which are featured in the story. While nanobots doesn't actually exist, the book explains that they probably will with the next 20 years. Christopher thought that was pretty cool.

After all of the introductions, there is a little bit of adventure at the technology show that the nanobots are being displayed at -
Reviewed for the Mock Caldecott Awards. I loved this book, the colors and the illustrations. An inventor sets out to build robots to help the world. He makes imaginative, wonderful specialized robots (like Lady Lance-O-Bot who guards the greenhouse to keep the plants healthy) that can do so many things but they are incredibly small. He enters his creations in a robotic competition and although they don't win, everyone walks away feeling good about the fact that they can still make a difference a ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I appreciated this book for the pure awe-inspiring ideas it provoked. This book has a way of entertaining the reader while simultaneously exposing the reader to the unlimited possibilities regarding nanotechnology. I particularly enjoyed that the inventor of the nanobots was a young student. I appreciate how this book encourages the reader to be creative, inventive and inspiring.

Megan Smith
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What I found most interesting about this book are the illustrations and the placement of text boxes. It almost has a graphic novel feel, but has much more text. The storyline wasn't as engaging but will appeal to fans of techy bot-like thingies and probably fans of Gall's other book (with equally well-done illustrations), the marketable mash-up, "Dinotrux."
Brenda Kahn
As per usual with a Chris Gall book, the fun factor was high. Add to that the trendy STEM/robotics aspect and we have a winner. A sure crowd-pleaser with lots of in-class extensions, i.e. design your own nanobot, that will kick in your kids outside-the-box thinking.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, robots
The illustrations are vibrant and texture-like, but I didn't quite get the objective. Is it a story about robots or is it a way to introduce the idea of nanobots to a young audience? Are the nanobots in the story related to actual nanobots in the tech world? I'm not really getting the connection.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Out of nine categories of robots, which can do quite well without gender, he creates a "Lady Lance-o-Bot" that is always depicted alone and "keeps watch over the inventor's super solar greenhouse." Way to keep keep women attached to the home, even in an imaginary world :(
Oct 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
The worst picture book I've read in 2016. Boring and I didn't get the point. I would never use this book for story time nor would I read it one on one with my son. There are way too many better robot books out there to waste another second on this book.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
My son likes this story and I was surprised because he's usually into dinosaurs, vehicles, and animals, but not robots of any sort. We've already read this story a few times and it seems to be a new favorite.
Lisa D
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More genius by this author!! Loved the illustrations and story!! Loved it!!
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