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The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
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A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year
 
In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister— making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children.
For years, the king and queen have tried desperately to have a baby. Their wish was granted twice, when an engineer and a witch gave them a little wooden robot and an enchanted log princess.
 
But there's just one catch: every night when the log princess sleeps, she transforms back into an ordinary log, and can only be woken up with magic words. 
 
The princess and her robot brother are are inseparable, until the sleeping princess, mistaken for lumber, is accidentally carted off to parts unknown. Now it's up to her devoted brother to find her, and get them safely back home.
 
They need to take turns to get each other home, and on the way, they face a host of adventures involving the Queen of Mushrooms, a magic pudding, a baby in a rosebush, and an old lady in a bottle.
This is acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children, inspired by a bedtime story he made up for his daughters. In his words, "I was trying to make a book inspired by three different sets of books: The books that I remember enjoying as a child, the books that I watched my daughters enjoying, and the books I enjoy now as an adult. I wanted the book to have its own quirky feeling but also to function like a classic bedtime story."
 
An ALSC Notable Children's Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title
A People Magazine Best Kids Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
An NPR 'Book We Love!'
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of the Year
A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book!
A Publishers Lunch Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
An Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids pick!
A CCBC Choice
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year

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Tom Gauld. (2021). The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess. Holiday House.

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A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year
 
In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister— making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children.
For years, the king and queen have tried desperately to have a baby. Their wish was granted twice, when an engineer and a witch gave them a little wooden robot and an enchanted log princess.
 
But there's just one catch: every night when the log princess sleeps, she transforms back into an ordinary log, and can only be woken up with magic words. 
 
The princess and her robot brother are are inseparable, until the sleeping princess, mistaken for lumber, is accidentally carted off to parts unknown. Now it's up to her devoted brother to find her, and get them safely back home.
 
They need to take turns to get each other home, and on the way, they face a host of adventures involving the Queen of Mushrooms, a magic pudding, a baby in a rosebush, and an old lady in a bottle.
This is acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children, inspired by a bedtime story he made up for his daughters. In his words, "I was trying to make a book inspired by three different sets of books: The books that I remember enjoying as a child, the books that I watched my daughters enjoying, and the books I enjoy now as an adult. I wanted the book to have its own quirky feeling but also to function like a classic bedtime story."
 
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A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
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A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
An Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids pick!
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A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
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        Starred review from May 31, 2021
        This invented fairy tale by cartoonist Gauld (Mooncop, for adults) offers whimsy, imaginative power, and narrative poise. When a king and a queen longing for offspring each see an expert about the topic, an inventor creates a wooden robot, and a witch charms a log into a princess who has a secret: she turns back into a log if she falls asleep. Though the children are devoted to each other, the robot fails to conjure the princess anew one fateful morning (“Awake, little log, awake”), and a maid tosses the seemingly out-of-place log out the window. The robot gives chase as the princess hurtles downhill and into a gigantic boatload of lumber headed for the frozen North: “That log is the most precious thing in the world to me,” he says, as he follows it on its journey. The rest of the story unfolds with amusing fairy-tale inevitability (“he had too many adventures to recount here” precedes a paneled page of humorous scenarios) as Gauld’s stick-figure characters and clean, flat panel artwork deliver visual information with the detailed calm of a map or a set of instructions. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.

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        Starred review from August 1, 2021
        Preschool-Grade 3 *Starred Review* Longing for children, a king and queen consult an inventor, who creates a little wooden robot prince, and a witch, who turns a log into a princess with a secret: whenever she sleeps, she returns to log form, until a magic phrase reawakens her as a child. A servant, seeing a log in the princess' bed one morning, tosses it out the window. Realizing what has happened, her brother follows her trail down to the docks and onto a ship transporting logs. After its cargo is unloaded in the frozen North, the prince finds the log, lifts it into a little cart, and begins the long, difficult walk home. Exhausted, he begins to falter. He wakens his sister, who takes over, pulling the wooden robot in the cart. After she collapses as well, some unexpected allies rescue the children. The beautifully worded narrative and engaging artwork combine to give this picture book its considerable appeal. Two full-page illustrations name some of the royal children's adventures during their journey but let young listeners imagine how those enticing-sounding stories might unfold. Created with pen and ink, shaded with fine parallel lines and crosshatching, and digitally colored, the scenes are full of vintage charm, while the characters have an amiable, cartoon look. A captivating, original fairy tale.

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        Starred review from September 3, 2021

        PreS-Gr 4-This the tale of a king and queen (he with white skin, she with brown) who long for a child. Their wishes come true with the help of a kind inventor and a good witch, and they end up with not one child but two: a wooden robot boy and his princess sister. There is a slight glitch as one might expect in a fairy tale-the princess turns into a log nightly and has to be woken each morning with a magical phrase. Despite this relatively minor detail, the siblings enjoy their lives until one day a dramatic turn of events sets them on an action-packed adventure, requiring them to each rescue the other on their perilous journey home. With pen drawings colored digitally, Eisner-winning Gauld's picture book debut is a story full of fairy-tale magic with timeless touches and modernity woven together seamlessly. The brilliant pacing of the story, accomplished in both illustrations and text, make this a truly delightful tale that will be enjoyed by a wide-ranging audience. With heroic beetles and delightful multiracial siblings, this is a magical offering. VERDICT Utterly charming and full of positivity, magic, and love, this is a must-have for every collection.-John Scott, Baltimore County P.S.

        Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from July 1, 2021
        Familiar fairy-tale tropes are re-envisioned through Gauld's (a cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist) particular deadpan lens for this original fairy tale. A childless royal couple calls upon technology (the royal inventor) and magic (the clever old witch) to solve their problem. The wooden robot and the log princess are the happy result. Their particular natures and needs land this brother and sister in a series of sticky situations, and things get just tense enough before order is restored. Like many folktales, this one resonates with age-old (and contemporary) anxieties such as loneliness and the nature of being human. But unlike traditional tales, this narrative contains no malevolent characters. Bad luck sets the plot spinning, and sibling love and the kindness of strangers help set everything to rights. The pictures demonstrate Gauld's genius with simple-seeming line drawings and the crisp, clean use of cartoon-panel page design. In his children's book debut, Gauld demonstrates his love for odd, funny, invented archetypes (such as the Queen of the Mushrooms) while elsewhere playing it absolutely straight, showing respect for his audience and for the fairy-tale form. Sarah Ellis

        (Copyright 2021 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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        July 1, 2021
        Familiar fairy-tale tropes are re-envisioned through Gauld's (a cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist) particular deadpan lens for this original fairy tale. A childless royal couple calls upon technology (the royal inventor) and magic (the clever old witch) to solve their problem. The wooden robot and the log princess are the happy result. Their particular natures and needs land this brother and sister in a series of sticky situations, and things get just tense enough before order is restored. Like many folktales, this one resonates with age-old (and contemporary) anxieties such as loneliness and the nature of being human. But unlike traditional tales, this narrative contains no malevolent characters. Bad luck sets the plot spinning, and sibling love and the kindness of strangers help set everything to rights. The pictures demonstrate Gauld's genius with simple-seeming line drawings and the crisp, clean use of cartoon-panel page design. In his children's book debut, Gauld demonstrates his love for odd, funny, invented archetypes (such as the Queen of the Mushrooms) while elsewhere playing it absolutely straight, showing respect for his audience and for the fairy-tale form. Sarah Ellis

        (Copyright 2021 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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        Starred review from July 15, 2021
        A brother and sister must overcome obstacles to rescue each other in a marvelous journey. "There once lived," the tale begins, and it ends quite satisfactorily with "happily ever after." In between, two heroic adventures are linked together, each complete with difficulties, brave rescues, kindnesses, and magical coincidences. The little wooden robot and the log princess are gifts from the royal inventor and a clever witch, respectively, for "a king and queen who happily ruled a pleasant land" but had no children. Everyone in the family loves one another, and the siblings play together all day. But when, calamitously, the princess becomes fixed in her log form one night, the little robot doesn't hesitate to board a ship for the far north to save his sister, and when his parts fail on the way back, the princess steps up courageously. The additional myriad escapades of each young hero are captured in charming graphic montages. Gauld's crisp, clear art, with captivating small details in backgrounds and endpapers, adds richness to the narrative. The amiable faces of each of his human and humanoid characters, along with those of birds, bugs, and forest creatures, give a feel of intimacy and familiarity. The queen appears Black and the king White, and the princess has brown skin. Gauld's fairy tale feels both timeless and completely new; utterly fresh, yet like a story heard long ago and finally found again. Enchanting. . (Picture book. 3-7)

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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      • source: The Horn Book
      • content:

        July 1, 2021
        Familiar fairy-tale tropes are re-envisioned through Gauld's (a cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist) particular deadpan lens for this original fairy tale. A childless royal couple calls upon technology (the royal inventor) and magic (the clever old witch) to solve their problem. The wooden robot and the log princess are the happy result. Their particular natures and needs land this brother and sister in a series of sticky situations, and things get just tense enough before order is restored. Like many folktales, this one resonates with age-old (and contemporary) anxieties such as loneliness and the nature of being human. But unlike traditional tales, this narrative contains no malevolent characters. Bad luck sets the plot spinning, and sibling love and the kindness of strangers help set everything to rights. The pictures demonstrate Gauld's genius with simple-seeming line drawings and the crisp, clean use of cartoon-panel page design. In his children's book debut, Gauld demonstrates his love for odd, funny, invented archetypes (such as the Queen of the Mushrooms) while elsewhere playing it absolutely straight, showing respect for his audience and for the fairy-tale form.

        (Copyright 2021 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister— making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children.
For years, the king and queen have tried desperately to have a baby. Their wish was granted twice, when an engineer and a witch gave them a little wooden robot and an enchanted log princess.
 
But there's just one catch: every night when the log princess sleeps, she transforms back into an ordinary log, and can only be woken up with magic words. 
 
The princess and her robot brother are are inseparable, until the sleeping princess, mistaken for lumber, is accidentally carted off to parts unknown. Now it's up to her devoted brother to find her, and get them safely back home.
 
They need to take turns to get each other home, and...
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