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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In the adventure-filled picture book, Novo the Space Robot: How to Solve the Mystery of Crying by Charly Froh, a space robot learns how to identify his emotions and use tears and talking to heal. Every Monday, Novo travels from his home in Planet Infinita to shop at the Martian Market. This time his shopping includes beautiful purple moondust for his brightly colored flowers. On his way home, a fierce storm blows across space and leaves behind a huge mess. When he arrives home, Novo starts crying after seeing the state of his flowers. He tries everything to stop the tears for fear that he might rust but they continue to flow. Desperate to find a solution, he travels to Earth, hoping that his earthling friends will help him solve the mystery.
This educative, highly useful book will help children understand and be able to articulate their emotions. I loved that the work advocates for healing through talking and shows how crying can be a source of relief. It also encourages children to seek help when they feel unhappy and cannot explain why. These are accessible techniques that children can utilize. The gorgeous and vivid illustrations bring the characters and the scenes to life. The story will expand children’s imaginations through Novo’s captivating adventures. The writing is lyrical and children will have fun reading each page. Novo the Space Robot by Charly Froh is a wonderful and informative picture book that guides children on how to heal when they feel sad. It is a timely resource told in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way. It will be a great addition to any child’s library.