Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles

By Margaret Mahy

Rating: 4 stars

Finding this in a pile of books that my cousin was about to throw away over Christmas, I was hit with a wave of pure nostalgic pleasure, so I had to grab it to read again before he did so. It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I did so, though, since books that one loves as a child don’t necessarily hold up the cold light of adult inspection. Thankfully, that’s not the case for this one, and other than an assumption that girls won’t be accepted as electronic engineers, and a rather unfortunate episode of brownface, as the the two robot-haunted brothers try to escape their pursuers using boot polish to disguise themselves as “Middle-Eastern gentlemen”, it holds up very well.

There’s so much clever wordplay and puns that it’s a joy to read, and, I’d imagine, great fun to read out loud. It has a strong central message of following your own dreams, and working hard to achieve them, despite what those around you want, and even has time for a short digression on the free will of humans versus that of our creations.

A wonderful children’s book, with some really inventive child-friendly swearing and over the top characters.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140318173

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