Novo the Space Robot

How To Shrink the Doubt Monsters

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2022
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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Novo the Space Robot: How to Shrink the Doubt Monsters by Charly Froh is about an anthropomorphic robot from the planet Infinita. The robot and his planet have a big problem because “doubt monsters” have arrived from the planet Worria, causing residents to develop self-doubt. For example, the inhabitants of Infinita now no longer believe they could win robo-races. Some even thought their dog-like friends, called zogs, didn’t love them anymore. Novo was determined that he was going to help his planet. He headed to Earth to find assistance but was followed by the doubt monsters. At first the Earth children Novo contacts don’t respond to his plea to fight the doubt monsters, but later they unite against them. There’s a twist before the monsters get defeated, and even Novo was surprised at how it’s done.

Novo the Space Robot is a charming children’s picture book. One aspect that I especially liked was that the children in the book are much like typical Earth children, making it easy for young readers to identify with them. The book is far more than merely entertaining as it includes an invaluable lesson. Every child, and even their parents and grandparents who read the book to them, can identify with the book’s central premise, which is that it’s easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt. The twist, which provides the ideal way to fight back, helps young readers see that there’s a way to triumph over the plague of self-doubt. Every child deserves to read this book and learn about the power of believing in oneself. Charly Froh wrote a creative, delightful book with a powerful lesson. The artwork by Zuzana Svobodova adds to this enjoyable and enchanting book.

Asher Syed

How To Shrink the Doubt Monsters, written by Charly Froh and illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova, is a children's picture book and part of the Novo the Space Robot series. The book begins with an introduction to Novo, a space robot who lives on the planet Infinita. All the space robots of the planet enjoy versions of the same things children on Earth do, like playing fetch with their 'zogs'. This all changes one day when the doubt monsters arrive from the planet Worria. As all the bots on Novo's home planet are plagued by fear and doubt, Novo seeks refuge and help on planet Earth. When the doubt monsters follow him there, Novo is surprised by the way Earth children manage.

How To Shrink the Doubt Monsters is a cute little book with a good message and some great illustrations. Children are shown how quickly things can change and what the outcome may be if doubt, worry, and fear keep us from enjoying the things we do on a daily basis. Author Charly Froh even shows how the onset of depression that doubt brings can lead to us believing those who truly do love us might not. While doubt is a perfectly normal emotion, Novo is taught by the children of Earth how to manage doubt in meaningful, effective ways. The story is on the loquacious side so younger readers may need breaks to get through it. This was tempered by the incredible artwork of Zuzana Svobodova, whose talent breathes life into Novo and the worlds he visits with engaging illustrations and bold, striking palettes. Recommended.

Melinda Facal

Novo the Robot: How to Shrink the Doubt Monsters is an engaging children’s picture book written by Charly Froh with illustrations by Zuzana Svobodova. Novo is a robot that lives on the faraway planet of Infinita. Novo and his robot friends enjoy living on Infinita until the Doubt Monsters invade and cause fear and worry to spread across the planet. Novo is understandably very upset by this and decides to travel to Earth in search of a solution. Unfortunately, the Doubt Monsters follow Novo to Earth. Will Novo and the children of Earth be able to keep these monsters at bay? This exciting story is told in upbeat and fun rhymes, and the illustrations are lively and vibrant. An uplifting and entertaining tale, this book will captivate young readers.

Charly Froh’s Novo the Space Robot is a wonderful story that shares a powerful message about overcoming fears and doubts. Novo and his robot friends are adorable and highly likable. Delightful and detailed illustrations highlight the varying emotions Novo and his friends experience throughout this adventurous story. Young readers will enjoy following along with Novo as he attempts to banish the Doubt Monsters from Infinita. Through Novo’s adventures children will be empowered as they learn that the power to release doubts and fears resides within each individual. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will find this book valuable in helping children understand the importance of believing in themselves and having confidence in their abilities to overcome obstacles. This is a highly recommended read!