Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Clink by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers

Lexile    Not Rated          Pages    32          Ages     4-8
DiPucchio, Kelly
AR Quiz No. 146538 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

When Clink was first built he was a top-of-the-line robot. He was even able to make toast and play music at the same time! Now, many years later, like all things "tech" he is out of date and sits on the shelf gathering dust. People want the more dazzling robots - the ones that will do things like bake cookies or play baseball or help with homework.

One by one, Clink's friends find homes with happy families. Clink isn't programmed to cry but he still manages to leak rusty tears when they leave.  Finally Clink gives up and turns himself off.

One day a boy comes into the store who comes in often but never buys anything.  The owner shows him all of the fancy new robots but he doesn't like anything he sees. As he is getting ready to leave the store, he pulls a harmonica out of his pocket and starts playing. When Clink hears the music he gets an idea. He turns himself on, creaks to a standing position, shakes off the dust, and starts playing a joyful tune.

The boy turns around and there is Clink singing and dancing. "I want that one!" he says. The owner tells him that Clink is old and missing parts and why would he want that one? "He's PERFECT," the boy says. He bundles Clink up and takes him home where Clink discovers that his new friend, Milton, is good at fixing things and also loves to dance!

The first thing that drew me to this book is that Clink is so cute! By today's sleek standards, Clink is downright old-fashioned, but he is colorful and friendly looking. After that, I like the message that there is someone out there for everyone, even if they aren't fancy or fashionable. Too often children feel pressured to be like the "in crowd" instead of just being themselves.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Clink is available at the Lake County Public Library. Click here and with your library card number and PIN you can reserve a copy for pickup at your favorite branch.

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