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Children's Nonfiction Machinery & Tools


From Everyday to Out of This World

by (author) Editors of YES Mag

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Machinery & Tools, Electricity & Electronics, How Things Work-Are Made
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    Sep 2008
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    Sep 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


The word “robot” may remind us of science fiction, but robots today are a science fact. Their role in our lives is growing all the time. The authors of the acclaimed and bestselling Fantastic Feats and Failures and Science Detectives present a detailed look at robots yesterday, today and in the future.

See robots at work (and play) in homes, factories, wrestling rings, sewers, hospitals, oceans and outer space. Learn about their many different shapes, sizes and uses and meet robots who do dangerous and dirty jobs, help perform surgery, look like us, show emotion like us and much more.

Did you know?

• In the 1700s, a Swiss craftsman and his son built a mechanical boy who could write short messages • Robo soccer is the most popular robotic sport • Robopets can purr, sleep, play games and even tell jokes • The Amphibot can swim by snaking its body back and forth, then hit the shore and start walking • The humanlike robot ASIMO can balance on one foot while kicking a soccer ball

About the author

Editors of YES Mag YES Mag: Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids is an award-winning periodical that makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics exciting and fun for kids.

Editors of YES Mag's profile page


  • Short-listed, Grand Canyon Reader Award, Arizona Library & Reading Associations
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Runner-up, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award, Saskatchewan's Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner, Best Bets for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

... Robots is a lively read that mixes history, technical information, and fun facts ...The book ... manages to be both comprehensive and entertaining.

Quill & Quire

This appealing introduction ... for middle grade readers ... is sure to attract browsers as well as those with a more sustained curiosity about this engaging topic.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Robots: From Everyday to Out of this World

Robots: From Everyday to Out of this World, presents an in-depth look at robots from the past, present and future. Emphasis is placed upon the evolution of robots from characters of science fiction to labour saving devices. A comprehensive timeline humorously titled “From Wooden Cogs to Working Robots” outlines the various historical figures who attempted to create robots themselves. Readers learn about the various sizes, shapes and uses of robots and are shown examples of robots being used in homes, factories, sewers, oceans and outer space. They are also introduced to robots that perform dangerous and dirty jobs such as disarming explosives, conducting research and performing surgery.

This informative book contains interesting content, stunning photos and amusing artwork. It not only educates readers, but entertains them as well. Readers learn a great deal of information about robots and androids while being presented with familiar fictional characters such as R2-D2 from Star Wars and Sonny from the movie I, Robot. Overall, this exciting non-fiction resource will grab the attention of both boys and girls alike.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2008. Vol.31 No.4.

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