We love robots and we love books, and we especially love books with robots in them! Here's some of what we have on our bookshelf.
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Tom Swift and His Giant Robot
By Victor Appleton II
Cover artist: Graham Kaye
In 1910 Victor Appleton began writing the adventures of Tom Swift, the story of a plucky teenage boy and his amazing inventions. By the 1940s, kid's tastes and a wartime paper shortage brought the series to an end after 40 some volumes. But in 1954 Appleton's son, Victor Appleton II (Junior) brought back the Tom Swift Adventures, this time featuring Tom's son, Tom Junior, with inventions that are much more fantastic than his father's were in the original series.
OK... OK... everything we just said is true, everything but the Victor Appleton part. Appleton was really a house pseudonym for a series of freelance writers working for Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate. A children's book publisher that cranked out hit series like the Bobbsey Twins, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. That's right boys and girls, there is no Franklin W. Dixon or Carolyn Keene either, but there is a Santa Claus and don't let anyone tell you different!
Though maybe not the best of the new Tom Swift stories, this one has to be our presumptive favorite, for obvious reasons. The Story of Tom's fabulous giant robot created to work in his father's atomic laboratory that is instead stolen by bank robbers for their own nefarious purposes. Just the kind of light reading we juveniles at Rombots love!