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.
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."
Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk