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Reviewed by Donna Gielow McFarland for Readers' Favorite
Oh my goodness, Drots the Dragobotosaurus is a funny story! Author Karen J. Moore and illustrator Diego Cadena have teamed up to create a very simple picture book that is just too cute. Gavin McCracken is a member of the robotics club at his school and he has to build a robot for his end-of-the-year project. The student with the best robot wins a week at Robot Camp! Gavin’s main motivation is to beat Sophie Tucker, who always wins everything. He combines his three favorite things: dragons, robots and dinosaurs to create a mechanical drago-boto-saurus, whom he calls Drots. Because it is dangerous to breathe fire, Gavin designs Drots to blow big bubbly bubbles. Gavin thinks he’s finished, but every time he turns his back, Drots gets into trouble drinking somebody’s soap! So Gavin tweaks and tinkers on Drots right up until the big day. Then he sees what Sophie Tucker built. Wow! Poor Drots doesn’t stand a chance. Does he?
I found Drots the Dragobotosaurus to be very entertaining. Poor Gavin just can’t keep Drots from getting into trouble! Diego Cadena’s illustrations really bring Drots the Dragobotosaurus to life. There are two types of illustrations – one type is cartoon-style normal book illustrations and the other type represents Gavin’s drawings as he plans out his robot. Gavin’s pictures look exactly like what a kid would draw, penmanship and all. There is not a lot of text on each page. The text is a handwritten-type font that may be difficult for younger students to read for themselves, especially on the pages that Gavin “draws.” In all, however, I thought Drots the Dragobotosaurus was fun and delightful with a great character and creative story line. Recommended for kids up to ages eight or nine. A terrific story!