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Robots [Hardcover]

Clive Gifford
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12 May 2008
As we enter the digital age, advances in technology are turning robots that were once pure fantasy into real artificial beings that can walk, run and talk like human beings. As a result, children's fascination with robotics has never been greater. "Robots" vividly portrays and illustrates the complete spectrum of robotics, from the earliest design sketches and concepts by pioneers like Leonardo da Vinci through to the high-tech humanoid robots of today and beyond. It explains how robots work and uncovers the mysteries and wonders of robot technology used in industry, medicine, space and in the home.Lively text, sumptuous illustrations and gives valuable information on cutting-edge robot toys and explores robots in fantasy and film. Special items include: cover that opens to reveal flashing lights on robot, a pop-up nanobot, a booklet on making a simple robot, a Peelablea layered illustration showing the fascinating inside workings of a robot, a pull-the-tab to move a robot arm, a pouch with cards featuring cyborgs in fiction, and, a turn the wheel to change the expression on a robot face; on other side, to show different robot movies.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (12 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844420396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844420391
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of over 140 books for children and adults. These include Out Of This World (Buster Books) which was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize and Cool Technology (Scholastic) which won the School Library Association Information Book Award 2013. Clive's titles range from the serious (Robots, The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia, Planet Under Pressure: Pollution and Wow! Science) and sporty (with books on the Olympics, football, basketball and skateboarding) to the downright silly (Joy's Annoying Toys, The Huge Rude Duke and The Curse of the Toxic Trousers).

Clive has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. His books have been shortlisted for the TES Information Book of the Year, the Blue Peter Prize and the British Book Awards as well as winning Smithsonian, Children's Choice, NAPPA and PBS awards. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called his latest book on Explorers, "An inspiration to all adventurers." whilst The Guardian declared that his Kingfisher Book Of Football, "was worth a season's training" and the Manchester Evening News labelled it, "The classiest football book around."

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Looks at the latest, cutting-edge technology in different fields of activity. Includes real-life examples of how technologies have been used. Looks at the history of the technology, and likely developments in the future. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 2 Mar 2013
By Nana
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Bought for my 8yr old grandson as a christmas present. He loves anything to do with robots so this book has been constantly read and consulted. Lots to occupy him. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For younger kids too. 29 July 2008
By J. Matteson - Published on
My 5 year old son LOVES this book. It has lots of cool pictures and is easy for him to understand when I read it to him. He is so into this book that he can listen to all 47 pages at one sitting and still want to go back and thumb through, talking about the pictures. Totally worth the money.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 5 Oct 2010
By Christy Long - Published on
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I bought this for my 2 year old. Now 3, he still loves it. We read it as a bedtime story, even though it is a nonfiction book of facts about robots. There is only one page I avoid with him: the one where a "mean" looking robot is destroying things (trucks, I think). Everything else in there is perfect for his age group and up! Teaches about the types of robots, their uses, their different abilities, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars robot wars! 29 Jan 2004
By Melissa Sack - Published on
Robots by Clive Gifford is a complete science lesson on Robots compiled into one book. Topics included in the book are What are Robots, Robot Arms, and various type of robots. This book will teach children lots of great information about robots. Children will see how robots are used in space, to help doctors, and how robots are used in space.
I like the hands on projects that were in the back of the book. These would make great projects to share with friends.
I would recommed this book for kids ages 9-12. I feel that mostly boys will enjoy this book. They seem to be more into robots than girls most of the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For my 3 year-old boy 12 Dec 2012
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My three year old boy loves robots so I bought him this book, which he likes OK. The cover is a little wierd, but the inside of the book is fairly tame and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this book 14 Mar 2009
By A. Gift For You - Published on
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My son, age 7 is very into robots and loves this book. It is not overly techical, and he reads it over and over. Great pictures. Worth the $7.
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