Kid’s Book Review: AlphaBot

Kid’s Book Review: AlphaBot

About the Book and Author

This interactive book that enables children to design their own robot by mixing and matching the AlphaBot parts to create a different machine each time they open it.

The various components, ranging from gears to Z-drives, are listed alphabetically. So, in addition to being a fun introduction to robotics AlphaBot is a practical reminder of the alphabet and also demonstrates the functionality of indexing in non-fiction titles.

Scroll down to see three examples of Cedar’s favourite robots.

AlphaBot cover

Vicky Fang is a children’s book author and illustrator who writes and illustrate books to encourage kids to be creative problem solvers—whether that be in STEM, at home, or with friends.

Book Review

I was able to move the sections to build different robots and learn about each separate part and its use

Cedar: I really enjoyed this book as I was able to move the sections to build different robots and learn about each separate part and its use. Each part of the robot that you can move or change was described so you knew exactly what it did such as hydraulics and jet blasters. The parts were listed in alphabetical order with each letter of the alphabet highlighted. I thought the pictures were good to look at and were nice and bright.

Mum: This is a very tactile and hands-on book that is also a great size. My son thoroughly enjoyed reading and creating with book, we spent time designing different robots and then went though reading the description on each component, what it was called and what it did.  It opened a lot of conversations of what it takes to build a robot, and what you would need to build the best one which I really enjoying taking about with him.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Cedar
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Riding my bike, monster trucks and Lego
  • Dislikes: Spiders and vegetables
  • Favourite Book: The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Favourite Film: Sing 2