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Weird Little Robots

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  49 reviews
When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don't expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.

Nine-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Miranda Reads
4.5 stars

"Maybe she's shy," Mom said.
"Or maybe she didn't hear you," Dad said.
"Or maybe she doesn't want to be my friend," Penny Rose said...
Penny Rose has just moved to a new house, in a new town with a new school.

That's a lot of new for one little girl.

Luckily, she has a hobby...though her parents are starting to worry about that...
They gave her the Concerned Stare when she worked in her shed for long hours or when she talked about how the robots were her friends.
Penny Rose builds
Ms. Yingling
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

This reminded me very strongly of Rumer Godden's doll books, but with robots! I liked the fantasty element, the friendship, and the maker aspect, but it seemed a bit too young for my students. The illustrations had more of an elementary feel to them.
Shaye Miller
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween
This is a cute younger middle grade magical realism story about a 9-year-old girl named Penny Rose who just moved to a new town. She’s not great at making friends and she enjoys creating little robots out of anything she finds (pencil sharpener, a pair of dentures, etc.). She wants friends more than anything, but somehow her little robots fill that need in the meantime. Little does she know that her neighbor, Lark, does the same thing with bird houses — piecing them together with odds and ends. ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Penny Rose is new to town, lacking in friends she spends her time creating robots in the family shed out back. So, when she discovers Lark, also friendless and never without her sunglasses, they quickly become best friends. Penny Rose and Lark are perfect compliments – Penny Rose in her creation of robots from “junk,” and Lark in her artistic love for making bird houses. Together they create the perfect Robot Town.

Author, Carolyn Crimi, gives readers a heartwarming read of friendship, trust and
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky and adorable! A dream team author and illustrator, too. :-)
Thank you @kidlitexchange and @candlewickpress for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

This was a wonderful middle grade story. I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially the girls who love different forms of science. Penny Rose enjoys making robots out of discarded treasures she randomly stumbles upon. She’s new to town and hasn’t made any friends yet, until she observes the peculiar girl across the street. Lark is fascinated with Ornithology, the study of birds. She
Alicia Bayer
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My youngest daughter, Fiona, and I read this as a bedtime book for the past couple of weeks. We finished it last night and she loved it. The story is about a little girl who is a little awkward and shy and is trying to make friends in her new town. In her loneliness she starts to create these weird little robots from tiny spare broken things like calculators and dentures, which inexplicably come to life and keep her company. She eventually makes friends with a rather odd little girl down the ...more
This is such a clever little book about making friends, losing friends, and then making them again.

Mean girls are not what they seem.

And weird girls are more fun then they seem.

Penny has no friends. She decides she wants to change that. She loves making little robots out of discarded bits of trash. She notices her neighbor Lark makes birdhouses from little bits of trash.

This is a charming story of wanting something, and working to it, and, with the help of a little magic getting it.

I was
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for the advance reader copy.

Very sweet book about two girls who create a world for their robots. There is so much to like here- the quirky personalities of the robots, the burgeoning but imperfect friendship between Lark and Penny Rose, even the idea of a Super Secret Science Club dating back to 1969. But it felt unfinished to me. I would eagerly trade Jeremy for more information about the creation of the robots or inner workings of the science club.

3.5 stars. Will
Erin Varley
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friendship story all kids could benefit from reading. It teaches us to be true to who we are, to embrace our “weird”, and that we all have value. On the shorter side, which I consider a plus. I loved this one!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is most important to Penny Rose – her new and only friendship with quirky and creative Lark who helps to bring her robots to life, or acceptance into a secret society that may better understand her passion for science? What price will her robots pay for the choices Penny Rose makes? Thirty-one short chapters along with Corinna Luyken’s detailed drawings support this suspenseful and engaging story of character magic, and friendship.
I read an advance copy of this book in preparation for the
Brenda Kahn
This was a sweetly gentle story about friendship and girls who love science.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two girls discover their mutual love of tinkering and science in this quirky, fun, illustrated novel. Eleven-year-old Penny Rose is new in town, and doesn’t really have any friends yet – unless you count the little robots she makes in her shed. She makes them out of found objects, and tinkers lovingly with them, giving them names and looking after them every day. Lark, her neighbor, is a quirky girl next door who loves birds and tinkers with found objects given to her by the crows; she makes ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

That afternoon, just as she was about to leave the shed, she smiled at all the robots.
"Looks like I have a friend after all," she said.
As she was turning to leave, she heard a strange whirring behind her. She spun around, but all she could she were the robots lined up on the table.

Children's author Carolyn Crimi (writer of picture books such as There Might Be Lobsters and I Am the Boss of This Chair) teams up with My Heart and The Book of Mistakes illustrator Corinna Luyken to bring readers
Kate Waggoner
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
@kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to the publisher @candlewickpress, the publisher @carolyncrimi1228, and the illustrator @corinnaluyken for sharing an advance copy of Weird Little Robots with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will be available in October 2019. All opinions are my own.

Penny Rose has just moved into a new town and has yet to make any friends. Currently, her only company are the robots she makes out of random objects like calculators, broken cellphones, and marbles. After
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher and to @blue_slip_media for the free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I’ll be sharing this with #kidlitexchange very soon!

Penny Rose and Lark are both unique MG girls who are obsessive about creating things from found objects, who are in the same class and are neighbors. However, they have their differences. Penny Rose is looking for a friend and Lark is not. Even though Penny Rose has the robots she builds in her backyard shed, she wants more. But Lark is
Sara Magnafichi
Thank you to Candlewick Press for providing an ARC of this book to the #Collabookation reading group. Penny Rose and Lark both struggle with making friends, as they appear to be "different" to those around them. Penny Rose loves spending time building robots out of random things she finds lying around, while Lark looks for treasures that the crows drop while passing by. Through their love of science, they come together and become friends, when something magical happens one night. Penny Rose's ...more
Thank you to Candlewick Press and Blue Slip Media for providing me a digital review copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

This was a charming story of two young girls who don't quite fit in with everyone else, but fit together perfectly. Penny is a shy scientist, who builds robots in the shed in her backyard and allows them to be her friends. She wants friends, she just isn't sure how to actually go about making them. Lark is a neighbor who has her own obsession with building amazing bird
Stephanie Tournas
Penny Rose is an exceptionally shy girl who finds solace and intellectual satisfaction from creating robots in her home science workshop. When she makes friends with Lark, the maybe equally geeky kid across the street, life starts to look better. Then the robots come alive! And Penny Rose gets an anonymous invitation to join a secret science club! The only problem is, she can’t tell Lark. This is as much a magical realist/sci-fi story as it is one of dealing with social anxiety. I like that the ...more
There's quite a lot of magic infused into this delightful friendship book, but it starts with lonely Penny Rose, just moved to town, who isn't quite sure how to make friends. She has a notebook that she fills with "conversation starters" who rarely seem to fit when most needed. Her best friends have become tiny robots, created in an old shed in her new home. When they begin performing more actions than expected, it's rather fun, but would be much more fun with a real best friend. Down the street ...more
Penny Rose is new to town and has no friends. She spends her time making robots out of reclaimed materials. Then she runs into Lark, another girl who is also a loner who makes things out of found items, when they both find a compass. The kids at school think Lark is strange. Soon Penny Rose and Lark become inseparable best friends. That friendship is tested when Penny Rose gets a secret invitation to join a secret science club and she starts seeing Lark in other kids eyes.

This story is about
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network and Candlewick Press for the review copy of Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Corinna Luyken. All opinions are my own.

Penny Rose is nine years old and has just moved to a new town. She has struggled to make friends and spends most of her time building robots in the shed in her backyard. After spending her birthday alone, she makes a wish for a friend. The next day things begin to change. Her robots come to life and start moving on
Rebecca Cecil
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads- thank you Goodreads.
This book is a cool book for kids age starting at 10 or 12. It is about 2 friends who are very different yet very much alike. This book is about friendships lost and gained. About how to be a true blue friend.
Penny Rose just moved to a new town and she only has robot friends, robots who she made from this and that.
One day she becomes friends with her neighbor Lark also builds things from this and that but they are not robots they are
William Diehl
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lter, 2, arc, free, copy, chbks
A wonderful story about a little girl named Penny whom is new town and has a interest in science and robots. These robots she feels are her only friends. This interest leads to the development of a secret science club at school. This story intertwines wanting to be and have friends with learning that you have to know how to be a friend first before you can be a good one. The fact that people are different and they can still interact and get along and that's ok is an important but subtle message ...more
Susan Barnes
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Penny Rose has moved to a new town and hasn’t made any friends. She spends her time making small robots from recycled materials. Over the road, lives a girl called Lark who is a little strange. She is obsessively interested in birds and doesn’t seem to have any friends. She is a natural choice for Penny Rose to befriend. Lark and Penny Rose enjoy playing with the robots and a fantasy twist is introduced into the story when the robots take on a life of their own.

Meantime, Penny Rose is invited to
Shan Salter
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From acclaimed picture book writer, Carolyn Crimi, comes the sweet and quirky middle-grade novel, WEIRD LITTLE ROBOTS. A story about a lonely, robot-making eleven-year-old named Penny Rose who wishes for a friend but gets a whole lot more than she ever dreamed.

The gentle and wise narrator's voice will draw readers in from the first page and the rising action and unexpected events that occur as the plot unfolds will keep readers intrigued until the final word. The character's (both human and
Joel Singer
Weird Little Robots is a story about girls and science. Penny Rose, a new girl in town, likes to build tiny robots out of discarded items. She tentatively meets and befriends Lark, a strange girl in her class who likes birdwatching and birdhouses. Penny also becomes involved with a mysterious science club at school -- but the members of that science club don't like Lark.

I liked the characters of Penny and Lark as being shy, awkward girls, more interested in their hobbies than in fitting into
Dena (Batch of Books)
This is such a cute book! It's about a couple of girls that make a secret club for their robots after the robots come to life. But when someone else figures out there is something special about the robots, it quickly becomes obvious that the robots are in danger. The girls will have to overcome their differences (they've had a fight) and save the robots.

This book is perfect to read at Halloween. It's slightly spooky (but only slightly) and takes place at Halloween. It's a lot of fun! Girls and
This is a great little story about magical little robots and friendship. What sets this book apart from other middle grade friendship books is that the other part of the story is about fun little creative robots and how they magically come to life for two girls and allow them to be creative and learn about each other.
Friendship is a funny thing. Sometimes it comes unexpectedly and with people who are not just like you. It develops slowly and can leave you excited and sometimes confused.
3.5 stars

This review and others posted over at my blog.

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

This is a fun little story perfect for younger middle-grade readers. While it lacked the depth I prefer, it has great messages about friendship, creativity, and self-acceptance. Even the secret science club is comprised of some unexpected members, showing young readers that people can have interests outside stereotypes such as jocks, popular girls, etc.

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Carolyn Crimi, AKA the Pirate Queen, is the author of numerous books for young readers, including BORIS AND BELLA, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Of HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES, she says, "While I don't have long floppy ears or a pro-nounced overbite, Henry and I are kindred spirits, who love books and carrots!"