Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots – by Michael Rex

  Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots – by Michael Rex, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9781984816269, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a great book for librarians to teach facts and opinions. Robot characters are used to teach the difference, and also to model how to listen to and respect others’ opinions. There are many questions for the reader to respond to, making it a great read aloud! The illustrations are very colorful and fill the pages, and the robots at times hold up signs with text from the story. There are also some graphic novel elements (multiple boxes on a page to show sequence) to help visually move the story along. 

Anything you did not like about the book. There’s not much of a plot. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This book seems made for a librarian or classroom teacher to read aloud when teaching facts versus opinions, but I imagine many children wanting to read it themselves as well, especially those who like robots and interactive stories, including Boy and Bot (Dyckman).

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Feb. 18, 2020

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