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A Day with Wilbur Robinson

(Dinosaur Bob)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  120 reviews
No need to knock, just step right in. You're just in time to two-step with Grandfather Robinson and his dancing frog band. Cousin Laszlo is demonstrating his new antigravity device. And Uncle Art's flying saucer is parked out back.

It seems like all the Robinson relatives are here, so be prepared. And keep your head down...Uncle Gaston is testing out the family cannon.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 30th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 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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The movie ‘Meet the Robinsons’ was based on this book, which I thought was the case. I do like that movie, but I don’t think it’s one of Disney’s best. The movie has a plot while the book really doesn’t. There is no antagonist. The only plot device is they are looking for grandpa Robinson’s false teeth and so we see all these wacky areas of the house.

I do love the imagination in this book and the feeling of future-any-things-possible vibes all over. Williams imagination abounds in the story and
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-tristan
This book was a lot of fun and my son loved it!
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
3 star read I'm bumping up to 4 because I love the movie it inspired. Very creative and imaginative. A delightful children's book but not a particularly amazing one. ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: William Joyce Fans / Readers Looking for Fantastic Picture-Books
Shelves: picture-books
The young boy-narrator of this fantastical picture-book adventure details his day at the home of his best friend, Wilbur Robinson. An eccentric family with many astonishing hobbies, not to mention some unusual servants (ranging from an octopus to a robot), the Robinsons and their home provide a day of unusual experiences to the boy. As they hunt for Grandfather Robinson's fake teeth, not to mention Grandfather Robinson himself, the boy and his friend meet various members of the clan, each of who ...more
Apr 17, 2009 marked it as to-read
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
Although I almost always like the concepts of Mr. Joyce's books, for some reason I hardly ever like the books themselves. This book was no exception. I wanted to like it — I found the movie charming, clever, heartwarming, and hilarious* — but the book simply fell flat for me. Even if I disregarded the illustrations, which are in a style not to my tastes, I struggled to like the story. The prose felt flat and empty, too simple.

* Full disclosure: I have only watched the movie as an adult, so I ha
Panda Incognito
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently watched Meet the Robinsons for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. I viewed it as a watch party with friends, and during the credits, one of them commented in shock that the movie was based on a book, saying that even though she had watched this movie innumerable times, she had never caught that detail before. I looked up the title in my library's catalog, and was pleased to see that we still have two copies.

I really enjoyed reading this picture book. It's an odd, surreal story
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved these eccentric and accepted characters. Not sure how I feel about the inclusion of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in one scene, the only characters of color in the story.
Elisha Condie
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
I have no idea how this got on my list. I already know that I do not like the author's text (can't say story as there isn't really one) or illustrations. I read this anyway, attempting to have an open mind, but it just doesn't work for me. ...more
Ms. Sweeney
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
His art work is novel but i'm never impressed with his writing. ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
The book on which the movie Meet the Robinsons is based. Pretty weird. So's the movie. ...more
Zacaro Caro
Dec 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was written by... Mad libs?
Christy Broderick
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute book! A lot resembles the movie, but I was thinking there’d be elements from the movie that were going to be in the book. Other than that, I liked it and the illustrations.
Scout Collins
Definitely a strange book.
Dakota Morgan
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Apparently, A Day with Wilbur Robinson was republished with additional pages around the time the Disney adaptation came out. I wasn't exactly enamored with the new pages (they're not as crisp and pure as the originals), but I'll never turn down more of the zany creativity that is this story. It's just pure fun and imagination. All children should own a copy of A Day with Wilbur Robinson

Re-reading some childhood classics for Christmas.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is pure childhood imagination at its best. This book has everything in it from anti-gravity machines, jazz playing frogs, pillow fights, a larger than life train set, and an uncle who likes to shoot himself and food out of a cannon. The illustrations are by William Joyce and are essential to the story line. In fact, without the illustrations the story really would not make much sense at all. They are painted to enhance and add to the story. They are reminiscent of the 1930s and bring an alm ...more
Tatiana Dengo
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
If you've watched and loved the movie, this book may not fit your expectations, so just leave those at the door when reading this.

A Day with Wilbur Robinson is fun for kids because the illustrations hide all sorts of zany details, especially when you near the margins. The compositions are very unusual in that the center is left wide and open, while some very curious events happen almost entirely out of the frame.

This book is also a good example of how in a picture book, the illustrations serve
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Joyce, William A Day with Wilbur Robinson, PICTURE BOOK Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017 (originally published in 1990). $17.99. Content: G.

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 1920s- 1930’s makes this as visually pleasing for adults as fun for the children. Adventure, dare
Matthew Hunter
The book that inspired the hilarious film Meet the Robinsons. Usually, I prefer books over film adaptations. Not in this case, however. The story’s silly, and quite frankly, unnecessary. But the artwork! Beautiful. Art for art’s sake, I guess.

The kids giggled a few times, especially during the dining scene where Cousin Gaston uses a mini cannon to shoot what looks like meatballs at the expectant, gaping maws of the rest of the family. Randomness depicted in an aesthetically appealing way. I susp
Jun 12, 2017 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
Amy Layton
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
I saw the movie as a kid when it came out years ago.  Though this is certainly much different, being the originator for the movie's plot, it still remains similar enough so that those familiar with the movie will be still able to recognize it.  And that's what makes it really fun.  The differences are both subtle and huge, and both are so incredibly creative and enthusiastic, and it made for the reading experience to be utterly fantastic for me, especially with how much is going on with the illu ...more
Kaethe Douglas
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.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really enjoyable, very fast-paced and really amazing children's fantasy picture book. It had really beautiful illustrations, really fascinating characters, really nice fantasy elements and a really interesting story. I haven't read this book in a really long time. I really recommend this book to both children and adults. ...more
Annie Walker
I absolutely love the movie Meet the Robinsons, so I was curious to see how the book compared. The book is just as creative and silly as the movie, though the movie definitely has more plot and some very imaginative additions.
The illustrations are beautiful, colorful and cute! The writing is simple, but funny and sweet.
An unnamed lad tells the story of a day his spends at his best friend,Wilbur Robinson's, house. They spend the day searching for Wilber's grandfather's teeth. This is no ordinary search, because this is no ordinary house. During the search the protagonist meets all of Wilbur's eccentric, and wacky family members, and the things they like to do. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The usual charm of William's usual stories. We were a bit disappointing to find that so much of the Disney film had been original content. This story, adorable as it is, is a bit more confusing and lacking in plot than the movie would have you believe. Still a classic in its own right, but for specific tastes. ...more
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