by Gill McLean
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022
I-go Robot is waiting for humans to return to the planet. Every day, I-go and the other robots work to make the planet ready for humans to come back and live once again—but they never come. Other robots are starting to give up hope, but I-go believes it’ll happen someday. This futuristic picture book imagines a world of robots and their relationship with humankind. Readers will enjoy brilliant illustrations of this otherworldly landscape and its robot inhabitants. The book will also challenge readers to think about human impact on the environment.
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Average rating from 22 members
I-go Robot is a story about a robot who wants his other robots to take interest in their planet. I loved the new friends he made for himself, and how they helped him after he had spent so long helping others. It was a little sad, but had a sweet ending. I really enjoyed the illustrations of different types of robots.
Robots are running a planet in the hopes that their people will return in this sweet story about patience and perseverance. It reminded me a little of Wall E but had it’s own message and a cute cast of characters that are both diverse and interesting, and a main character with a positive can-do attitude which I loved.
My 6 year old and I read this together and we had a lovely time, we especially loved the illustrations! He said he would give it a 9/10, when I asked him what he would change about it he said the ending was a little sad, but it led us to discuss how sometimes what you want changes, and that’s ok too.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy for free, I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I would happily leave a review for this book on Goodreads and Amazon, but the availability to do so was not there. It does not show up on Goodreads and Amazon says it is not eligible for review, though I did find the book there. If you let me know when it is I will gladly crosspost.
I-Go is TOO cute!!
I-Go Lost in Space is an adorable tale of a group of service robots that live on a planet, continuing their assigned duties, until “their People come home”. The robots start communicating that they no longer want to perform their assigned duties, as it appears that “their People” may not be coming back to the planet. I-Go is the only robot that has faith in “their People” and continues the work on the planet, knowing that “their People” will return. I think this is a fun way to introduce the character trait of PERSERVERANCE. When children learn the value in the persistence of doing something despite challenges, they are more successful overall.
The illustrations in this book are darling and feature a fun color-palette. I enjoyed the many textures featured in the artwork, almost appearing to be actual mechanical and structural elements.
Grateful to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley & Windmill Books
This is a really interesting story. I-Go, the robot lives on a planet that has been abandoned by humans. The other robots (all named with a vowel and the word go, ex U-Go) have given up on the humans who have trashed the planet and clearly are not coming back, but I-Go is determined to take care of the planet and get it ready for the humans to return. Discouraged but not ready to give up, I-Go decides to build his own small robot helpers out of the trash that the humans left behind. The helper robots aren't great, but in the end they are kind to I-Go and they help him when he is desperately in need. The book tells a message of the importance of friendship and supporting others, but it also sends a much more important, and slightly uncomfortable (in the best way) message that we need to take responsibility for our planet and not end up in a time and place where we have to leave Earth. It also demonstrates an interesting relationship between humans and robots and the idea that robots care about humans and want to be there to help them. This book definitely has some neat concepts and I think it would be a great book to share with young children, which could lead to some great discussions! I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 5-10 range. I also think there could be other applications, such as in older grades to discuss robotics, environmentalism, dystopian settings etc. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
I-go Robot is about a little robot who looks forward to the day when The People return to their planet and works endlessly to make sure the planet is ready for their return. The other robots who were left on the planet with him are tired, feeling hopeless that The People will return, and even angry that they have to do so much work for The People when it isn't appreciated. Despite all the grumblings of his fellow robots, I-go continues to work hard, even taking on the work of the other robots. There's so much work to be done that I-go begins to make new robot helpers and friends. A story of friendship and perseverance, I-go Robot is touching and tugs at the heartstrings.
Initially, the story reminded me of the Disney movie Wall-E, with the robots left to do work for the humans. However, I-go Robot follows I-go more closely and shows how he regains his hope through friendship when things look bleak. I loved that at first, I-go's new robot helpers weren't quite right and weren't able to do the jobs he created them to do. Then after a bout of trouble where they save him, I-go realizes that they're more than just robot helpers but his friends and have things they're great at! The message that waiting and persevering with friends is easier and enjoyable really stuck out to me!
Thank you NetGalley and Windmill Books for the advanced copy of an unexpectedly deep and thoughtful story about a robot. All opinions are my own.
This was a solid 4-star book for me right up until the end. It just didn't quite come together like I hoped (a bit too open ended for what I prefer in a children's book) so I would knock it down to 3/5 for the story, but the art is really great so I will leave it at four. Overall, the story is somewhere between Wall-e and The Little Red Hen. The artwork is precious and falls somewhere between a cross between picture book and graphic novel. It is a good story of hard work, hope, and optimism.
WHO SHOULD READ IT: I-Go is cute and elementary aged kids will enjoy it. The art is fabulous.
Thank you @Netgalley and @west44books for early access to this ARC in return for an unbiased and voluntary review
I-Go Robot reminded me of Wall-E, except that each robot was different in this story, whereas in Wall-E, it was all the same robot that was left behind by humans, What made this story different thought was how I-Go created new friends to help him clean up. I loved how while I-Go thought his robots were no good and couldn't help him, he found that they eventually all could. The fact that I-Go was holding on to a child's teddy bear because he thought it was important was the sweetest detail. The illustration on the last page lead the readers to believe that the humans do come back and are grateful to I-Go. That glimmer of hope really makes this story beautiful,.
Imagine the cutest robot in an upbeat cross between Disney’s WALL-E and the 1972 sci-fi classic Silent Running. Humans have abandoned a despoiled Earth with the promise to return. How long ago? We don’t know, but all the robots but the super-optimistic I-go Robot gradually just give up. This lovely picture book, while a bit twee, still gives a lovely message on the importance of persistence and environmental stewardship. I loved it!
In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Windmill Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a very sweet and thought-provoking book with gorgeous illustrations. I-Go, a little robot, works diligently on a space farm on a far off planet. The People are no longer around, but since they promised to come back, I-Go believes they will. Unfortunately, his robot helpers don't have the same faith and eventually refuse to help and turn themselves off. I-Go builds more robots from the scrap heap. The new robots don't do a good job around the farm, but when I-Go finds himself in trouble, his new friends all come to his rescue.
This is a story about faith, friendship, perseverance and optimism. I can imagine having lots of great conversations after reading this book with a classroom of kids, especially about the importance of caring for the planet, and the relationship between robots and humans. The ending was very open-ended and uncertain, but I like that because it's fun to speculate what's going to happen.
Thank you very much to NetGalley and Windmill Books for an advanced readers copy!
Blog review to come on release day (https://www.gradeonederful.com).
I-Go is so cute, you just want to reach out and hug I-Go. I love when I-Go pulled the bear out of it's storage compartment, the look on it's face was so sad and hopeful. I hope this becomes a series and I-Go creates a bunch of new friends.
This was a fun picture book and it would be great for fans of Wall-E.
With eye-catching illustrations and characters that seem to live and breathe right off the page, I-go Robot was adorable! I enjoyed the overarching message of having faith that things will get better and believing that what you do has meaning and worth. I-go works hard to better his own life and focuses on what he DOES have instead of being sad about what he can't control. In the end, he's open to new adventures. I liked the spacey concept and the color palette. I could see this being a part of a social-emotional lesson and a discussion of big feelings in the classroom.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I-Go Robot lives on a foreign place in space, abandoned by the humans. Day after day, he goes on fulfilling his duties. His friends A-Go, E-Go, U-Go, had all given up waiting for the people, no longer watering the plants and growing crops. Not I-Go tho, he's optimistic and hopeful, even built himself some companions for company. Will the humans ever come back?
Robots are my favorite thing. Give me a robot in a movie or a book and I'm sold. I-Go was a trooper throughout the book and gave me a sense of hope. This book is a beginning of the school year type of story to show that one person (robot) can make a difference. Thank you #netgalley for a copy of this book to review.
This has a very cute message at the end and the pictures are well illustrated. I thought it was cute but my five year old daughter didn’t take to the beginning. I had her stick with it and she did like the robots by the end.
Thank you Netgalley and Windmill Books for the digital arc in exchange for an honest review.
This beautifully illustrated picture book is about I-Go, an optimistic robot operating on a human-less planet. Eventually, the other robots give up but I-Go perseveres, even building new friends to help him. The art work is amazing and the story line leaves open lots of opportunities for discussion about humans, wastefulness, and artificial intelligence.
When all the other robots have given up hope that the humans will ever return, I-go keeps toiling away, caring for the planet, and even building other robots to help with the chores. A sweet, somewhat melancholy read about taking responsibility, and never giving up hope. I loved the author's illustrations.
I requested this from Netgalley because I just thought it looked so unique and unlike any picture book I'd seen before- it didn't disappoint! This story is set in the future, when humans have left the earth in the care of a cast of robots who've all given up on the humans ever returning- apart from I-Go. We're following this plucky, hopeful robot who introduces us to what the worlds become and creates his own group of robots to help keep the earth in order. I think this is a great way to introduce young readers to a 'dystopian' setting and the ending had a surprising cliffhanger. I thought this was a unique read and my little brother also enjoyed it, I'd definitely recommend this book.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced ebook copy of this title!