Bit-Bot and the Blob by Jo Litchfield

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Bit-Bot and the Blob by Jo Litchfield

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Margaret Young
Reviewed by Margaret Young
Summary: A slightly scary story with a very funny ending and exceptional illustrations.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 40 Date: September 2013
Publisher: Egmont
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1405255134

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This book really has everything; an absent minded adult to laugh at, a sensible robot butler, a dog and a robot for the main character's best friends and a scary monster from a slimy swamp ..... or is it? It all begins when George's parents are snowed in on an expedition to the North Pole. This means George must spend his holidays with his uncle, but with the new robot companion his uncle has created for him, this sounds a real dream holiday. The only hitch is when his uncle insists that he go to bed instead of staying up late to watch a scary monster film. Bit - Bot comes up with the perfect solution, allowing them to stay in bed and watch the film, but things get a bit more frightening then they had planned when a real live blob shows up in the bedroom.

Bit Bot and the Blob builds suspense perfectly, but ends with a laugh rather than a fright, allowing children to feel that small delicious thrill of fear, without keeping even the most easily frightened child awake at night. The monster turns out to be a combination of George's dog, a green blanket, poor lighting and over active imaginations, so children will not only get a good laugh, they'll see that monsters are not real as well.

I chose this book almost entirely due to the illustrations. This is not something I would normally do, but in the huge collection of books in our home, we don't have anything quite like this. I knew I had made the right decision when I saw my son's eyes as soon as he noticed the pictures. He has always liked Claymation and commented immediately that the figures appear to be made of clay. Jo Litchfield has used a unique blend between 3-D models and traditional illustration, and the results are stunning. We were both impressed. The illustrations alone are certain to draw any child into this book. The illustrations drew us to the book, but the story will keep children coming back to it.

If this appeals then you might like to have a look at:

Billy Monster's Daymare by Alan Durant and Ross Collins

Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins

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