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Authors: Fiona Watt,Rachel Wells / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 30 September 2005 / Genre: Baby Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Picture Books / Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd / Title: That's Not My Robot / ISBN 13: 9780746069608 / ISBN 10: 0746069608 / Alternative title: Usborne Touchy Feely Books: That's Not My Robot - Fiona Watt / Alternative ISBN 10: 074606960X

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      23.04.2013 18:23
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      5 stars

      I like to read to my grandchildren and this is one of my little Grandson's favourite books.

      We have quite a few touchy feely books and I have noticed a lot of them are written by Fiona Watt. Within our touchy feely range area few of these 'That's Not My...' books. I really like them and think it is nice to have children interacting with books in this way. In this range there are various books you can buy aimed at girls and boys. This Robot one is one which I bought with my grandson in mind and we read it a lot together.

      The book has the same set up as the other books in this series. On each page we are shown a different robot and a reason why it isn't the right one. Each robot will have a part of them which is interactive. We havea robot with too shiny eyes and these have fancy shiny paper on them, a robot with crinkly hands and it's hands have a bobbly textured paper on them, a robot with prickly ears and the ears are like velcro as well as a few others.

      The robots are all different and the textures are all different too. This gives children the chance to look at different things, to feel different things and hear different things too. When they hear the word prickly they then feel it and see it so can really get a good sense of what that word means and that is really nice.

      The pictures are big and bold against a gold background. It stands out which catches the eyes of young children and I think it is why my grandson likes it so much. He loves to run his hands over the interactive touchy parts.

      It isn't a story so children don't have to concentrate hard and you can go back to previous pages without it confusing the story. My grandson loves to feel the bumpy section on the robot's bumpy buttons and is always turning the page back to this one!

      This is a lovely book. It is board so good for babies so they can get a good grip on the thick pages and try to turn them for themselves. A lovely book. We bought it for £5.99 and I'm glad we did as my grandson loves it.

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        20.01.2013 17:22
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        One of the best books in an absolutely brilliant series.

        Having written a somewhat negative review of "That's Not My Dinosaur", I felt I should also write a review of a more typical book in this series. We do have a number of books in this series and the quality of the other books has led to me expect nothing but the best from this series. In all honesty - had "That's Not My Dinosaur" been printed by another publisher I would not have been nearly so harsh. It may not be as good as the rest of this series - but it is still better any other touch and feel series I have found yet. This series has always been very good - but some of the more recent revamps have really been brilliant.

        That's Not My Robot is one of the newer books in this series, and in addition to the usual textures, it also has quite a lot of sparkle and shine. I have found this on a few newer or revamped books and it does add to an already brilliant series. Throughout this book there are shiny metallic bits on the robots, sparks, stars and shiny buttons which add a bit more colour and fun to this title, and of course fit in very well with a robot theme.

        The story follows the same pattern as all of the books in this series. A small white mouse is pictured on each page looking for his robot. He looks at each robot declaring "That's not my robot, and then uses an adjective to describe some feature on the robot that is different from his own - such as "That's not my Robot - Its hands are too crinkly" until at last he finds the one that is just right. Now when you have a large number of these books you would think children would find this too repetitive. It is basically the same story told over and over with only the variation of a different subject and a few different adjectives.

        But very young children seem to love the predictability of this text - they love searching for the robot - or whatever other item it is, and they love knowing what will come next. I strongly believe that playing with books is a crucial step in developing literacy - although I have nothing but my own observations to support this. I believe that as children touch - feel and explore books all the while looking at familiar words or even reciting the words from memory they are little by little beginning to recognise key components of literacy. Additionally, as a parent reads a familiar text and the child follows the text they eventually learn many of the words. I can remember my oldest son sitting with these books for ages as he was learning to read, silently mouthing the words and he has since told me that this really helped him to learn to read. He knew many of the words and could guess the others using visual clues, memory, context and phonics. It was only as he really explained the process that I realised just how valuable this repetition is.

        My sons do like robots and anything mechanical - as most boys do, so this was a very good choice for us, but I'm sure many girls would enjoy this as well. In fact I am quite certain I would have preferred this to the more girly books as a child. The robots here are all very friendly, which suits a book designed for babies and young children. I'm sure my boys would love an evil robot version - but that wouldn't be in keeping with this series.

        As mentioned, this book has a lot of sparkle and bling in the form of shiny reflective foil type print which I have no idea how they managed. It seems to be some type of highly reflective silver print. In addition to this, four of the six textured materials are also very shiny and sparkly. The robots eyes are a thick squashy silver with hologram prints reflecting rainbow colours. Another robot has a rubbery gold material which is very metallic looking but produces an almost 3d effect with absolutely brilliant colours when held in the light. One robot has a cloth feet, but this cloth is covered in small silver spots which again reflect a rainbow of colours when held in the light. The final bit of bling is a thick red foil type material on the last robots antennae with a very smooth texture.

        All of the textures on this book are very sturdy and well made. I have always made sure books were only handles with clean hands, but I have washed other books in this series which were purchased used in a very dirty condition. The pages are very thick cars with a smooth surface and will tolerate a quick wipe easily enough. All of the textures in this book would wipe clean easily enough as well. one of the non sparkly textures is a wonderful ridged red plastic for the robots hands, which seems to have taken the place of the old crinkly paper in older books. This looks as if it would last forever, and has a nicer feel as well. The final texture would be the hardest to clean - but it can be done. It is a nice velcro material for a robot dog's ears.

        One final feature worth noting on this book - and all the books in this series is the corners. This may not seem like an important feature, but believe it or not, I have seen a child draw blood with when falling with a book if the corner hits them just right. Very small children tend to get very enthusiastic about their favourite stories and will often bring one to while running, or clamber up onto beds and sofas with a book in hand. Of course the odds of a serious injury are incredibly slim anyway, but I reason if a corner could poke through skin, it might be able to hurt a child's eye. this series is designed with babies and toddlers in mind and the corners are all well rounded with the paper covering very carefully tucked around each corner.

        This book is intended for babies and very young children, but my sons are 4 and 7 and still choose the odd title from ths series when picking new books. They still enjoy the textures very much, and now that I know how useful these were to my son in learning to read, I am quite happy to have a good selection of these for my youngest to use as well. i would strongly suggest that even if the child does seem to outgrow these that parents hang onto them and bring them out again as they learn to read. these are especially lovely for families with siblings as the older child can take immense pride in reading a story to younger brother or sister, and just as I feel reading together is a wonderful bonding experience between parents and children - it can also be a great way for siblings to feel close to each other as well. I am quite lucky to have two boys that do get on very well, but I have often asked my oldest to read to his brother when they seem to be getting annoyed with each other and it usually does restore the peace. I can't recommend this series strongly enough for babies and toddlers - but don't discount it for older children as well.

        This book sells for £4.49 new - and in this case I do recommend new books unless you can see before buying as these books are often treated as playthings - even chew toys and some used ones can be pretty rough. I would also note that in several books in this series the textures may be different in older books - so you might not get all the same ones in a used book.

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          17.12.2010 09:21
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          Great book for sharing

          Eight month old Freddy and I really enjoy sharing a book before he goes to bed, and we have done since he was tiny. Our favourite books to share are the "That's not my..." range, written by Fiona Watts, illustrated by Rachel Wells and published by Usborne. There's an increasingly large number of books in this range, but the one we shared tonight was "That's not my robot". This book follows a very simple format, with each double page showing a different picture a robot, with the words "That's not my robot...." followed by why it's not my robot and then on the final page we find our robot. Although this isn't the most enthralling book for a parent, babies love it especially as each page also features a texture for baby to explore.

          Whenever Freddy sees this book, he gets all excited and can't wait to grab hold of it and start exploring the pages. At approximately 6" square it's a perfect size for him to hold and he finds it easy to help me turn the chunky cardboard pages. Before we even open the first page there's plenty to explore as the front page features a robot with squidgy, shiny eyes that he loves to press on and feel. After a couple of minutes looking at the front page, we turn the page and Freddy looks up at me with those gorgeous brown eyes while I read the next page. We continue this all through the book until the final page when we find our robot.

          Each of the robots are significantly different, but all feature friendly, smiling faces and there are lots of foil details on each page. Among the different textures to explore are crinkly hands, bumpy buttons, prickly ears and squashy feet, while our robot has sparkly antennae. Freddy loves exploring all these different textures and because we've shared the book so many times he knows exactly where on the page he needs to touch. Freddy's always a little bit upset when we've finished the book, so we normally read through it at least twice before bedtime.

          As well as simply fostering a love of reading, this book can also be used as a valuable tool, especially to aid vocabulary. I know Freddy is way too young to talk, but I'm hoping that sharing this type of book with him will help him learn lots of descriptive words. For this reason as well as reading the words I spend a little time describing the pictures and textures. Although the pictures are quite simple there's still plenty to talk about, with the different colours and shapes. One of the robots is even a dog, which means I can make lots of 'woof woof' noises. The textures are also well described, but some of the words used will be very difficult for even fairly advanced young readers, so this is definitely a book for sharing.

          As Freddy gets older and begins to talk, the repetitive nature of the book should encourage him to join in and he should start to anticipate whether the robot is ours or not. There's also a mouse hiding on each page (not very well hidden though) that he'll be able to look for, which will aid his observation skills.

          This is a brilliant book, from a brilliant range of books and one of Freddy's firm favourites. As soon as he sees the book he gets excited, and then his attention doesn't waver until we've read the book at least twice. Being made of card, the book is able to take Freddy's rather clumsy attempts at turning the pages, which means I can allow him to help hold the book (unlike paper pages that would rip) and it's laminated so it's easy to wipe dribble off. It's not, however, immune to bite marks, Freddy has managed to leave his mark on one of his other books in this range and it is fairly heavy and does hurt if it falls and hits you on the toe.

          So this is a book that I am recommending to parents of babies and young children, with their being no lower age limit. It's never too early to start sharing books, and books such as this are ideal as they turn story time into a multi-sensory experience. As for an upper limit, well I would say that even a two to three year old would still enjoy this book and perhaps older than that. So, with a rrp of £5.99 (or £3.35 on Amazon), I'm giving That's Not My Robot an extremely healthy five stars out of five and I'm sure Freddy agrees with me.

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            22.11.2008 20:13
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            Another recommended touchy-feely book from Usborne

            This book is a board book, written by Fiona Watt illustrated by Rachel Wells. The RRP is £5.99 though I have seen it cheaper in Tesco and on amazon. It is another book in the Usborne touchy-feely range of books, this one is all about robots!

            As with other books in this series the pictures are bold and bright with an area of different texture on each page.

            On the front cover is a robot with big shiny eyes, above the picture is the title "That's not my robot...." under the picture is the text "its eyes are too shiny" over the 5 double pages are illustrations of other robots each with a part that is touchy-feely. There is a robot with crinkly hands, one with bumpy buttons, another has squashy feet, one has prickly ears and 'your' robot at the end is the one with......... I'll leave you to find that out for yourself!

            In addition to the touchy-feely areas and the 'story' there is a little white mouse on each page that you and your child can look for.

            This is one we've had from the library, and I think we got it 2 weeks ago and have 'read' it everyday so far!!

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              05.11.2008 15:46
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              The whole series of books is great

              I have two year old twins who love reading. Well, they love being read to, and that's about as much as you can hope for at that age! Usbourne Touchy Feely books are amongst their favourites. These books are aimed at pre-schoolers and have something for each age. Babies and little toddlers enjoy fiddling with the textured pages and looking at the bright pictures, wheras older children will enjoy the (very basic) plot.

              Touchy Feely books are about fifteen centimetres square and are made of pretty tough board. My two are really heavy handed with their books and toys and these books have stood the test of time and still look fairly new.

              The format of this book is the same as all the others in the series. It has six pages, the first five are taken up with pictures of robots which are patently not MY robot. Each page is headed with the caption 'That's not my robot....' and then goes on to say why, whether it's because it's it's eyes are too shiny or it's hands are too crinkly or whatever. Then on the last page, aaaah... 'THAT'S my robot...it's antenna are so sparkly!' Each page has a bit of material or textured paper for your little one to fiddle with.

              The best way of reading this particular book is to adopt a robot voice. 'That's...not...my...robot...his...eyes...are...too...shiny.' If you can do The Robot (the dance that was popular in the 80's) at the same time then that always raises a few giggles!

              Other titles in the series include That's Not My Kitten, Tractor, Dinosaur, Train and Bunny. Touchy Feely books are available from all bookshops and are £4.99 each, although Waterstones and the Early Learning Centre often do 3 for 2 deals.

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                23.10.2008 00:08
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                The children like it

                This is a colourful and well-made board book - it will stand quite a lot of rough treatment! It is a good size for a toddler to hold. It has 6 pages although the story starts on the front.

                The illustrations are simple and eye-catching, with shiny bits and textured bits. The textures are quite inventive too - not your run-of-the-mill fluffy or rough!.

                The story goes like this:

                That's not my robot, it's eyes are too shiny
                Then on each page, another reason why - it's hands are too crinkly etc
                And then finally "that's my robot - it's antennae are so sparkly!"

                It is very predictable which helps toddlers to understand how a story hangs together and what the point of a book is. They can remember the words and join in, too.

                Also on each page is the little mouse who is looking for his robot. Toddlers love to hunt for the mouse.

                I do find myself inventing new ones for the series though. Perhaps a party one - "That's not my wine-glass, the lipstick is too smudgy"? And there is definitely a case for "That's not my rash - the spots are too big", perhaps with input from NHS Direct.

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                  15.10.2008 12:55
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                  That's Not My Robot - nice textures!

                  Children's author Fiona Watt's series of Usborne Touchy-Feely books are a firm favourite among many parents, myself included. The books are aimed at 1-3 year olds and target learning in terms of word association, touch and sight, by providing different textured surfaces and parent cooperation. Each book features an animal or vehicle or, in this case, robot, and searches for 'my' one, by comparing textures and discussing why it isn't 'mine.'

                  That's Not My Robot goes through a number of robots that must belong to someone else before finally settling on 'my' robot. The front cover is quite appealing, with the picture of a pale blue robot, with the text on the page reading: 'That's not my robot....its eyes are too shiny.' The eys of the robot are shiny to look at and also feel rather smooth, thus helping the child to associate the word 'shiny' with something that both looks and feels shiny. Ensuing pages see various wrong robots such as one with bumpy buttons, before finally alighting on the last page, when we find the right robot. Each page has a different texture and is very good for the child to learn.

                  My son is currently in his reception year at school, and his teacher uses these books as aids to learning how to read. The words are simple enough and repetitive, so the child can gather up some confidence in that way. This way is limited as all the books have a similar format, so once they learn to say 'That's not my....' for every page, they are no longer reading and merely reciting from memory. However, it's a good idea and it has certainly helped my son and his reading.

                  I recommend having at least one of these books for learning purposes. For fun, you can collect them, and they do provide a bit of variety as opposed to showing them the same book with the same pictures and textures in, but for kids aged 1-3 this repetition can be rather important and is ultimately a strong way of them learning and also spending time together as parent and child. The books retail at £4.99 each, and are available from most bookshops.

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                  Good book with lots of stimulation for young children

                  There is nothing worse than when you're son or daughter loses a favourite toy and this book shows the story of one child's search for the right one.

                  ***The Background***

                  Usborne are well known for their fantastic range of children's books. From the youngest of toddlers to the more advanced reader they have something for everyone.

                  This book is written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells and is one in a large series of books that are simple to read and lovely to look at. Each one features a different type of toy and throughout the book there are lots of touchy feely bits that show differentials between each one that is on show.

                  ***The Story***

                  The story on this book starts on the front cover,

                  "That's Not My Robot..."

                  Shown below is a silver robot with big square eyes. These eyes are padded and shiny and an excellent start to the touchy feely experience for your child. Below the picture are the words,

                  "its eyes are too shiny."

                  As we go through the book there are lots of different robots but none of them are the correct one as they all have something that is different to the one that is being looked for. On one page its buttons are too bumpy and on another its feet are too squashy.

                  On the last page we finally find the robot that we have been looking for. How do we know it's the right one - quite simply because its antennae are so sparkly.

                  ***The Illustrations***

                  The illustrations are very bright and colourful and there are a number of different textures used to create different effects to stimulate your child.

                  ***My Thoughts***

                  We have had quite a few of these books from the library now and despite my son being four, he still seems to love this set of touchy feely books. I'm not sure if it's the different textures that attract him or whether it's the simple story, as we have found that he is able to point to the words "That's not my robot," on each page and say them with us.

                  For anyone with younger children, these books would be ideal as they are made of sturdy thick board pages and the textured bits seem to be well fitted in, unlike some of the cheaper varieties on the market.

                  I love reading this type of book to my son, as he really gets a buzz from noting the differences and looking out for the little mouse that is on every set of pages throughout. They are a great learning tool for children to experience rough bits like the prickly ears on one puppy robot or to feel bumpy bits like one robot's crinkly hands which are made for a type of corrugated paper.

                  As well as these hands on bits, there are also silvery, sparkly bits on each page to catch a child's eye. This could be to show metal bits on the robots themselves or to illustrate stars that emerge from the robots as they move.

                  I know that my son will probably outgrow this type of books very soon as he has started to select more a story type book when we visit the library but until that day I shall continue to enjoy these with him.

                  ***Other Books In The Series***

                  That's Not My Puppy
                  That's Not My Kitten
                  That's Not My Truck
                  That's Not My Dinosaur
                  That's Not My Bear
                  That's Not My Tractor
                  That's Not My Bunny
                  That's Not My Mermaid
                  That's Not My Teddy
                  That's Not My Train
                  That's Not My Dolly
                  That's Not My Lion
                  That's Not My Dragon
                  That's Not My Monster
                  That's Not My Fairy
                  That's Not My Car

                  ***Other Information***

                  This book retails at £5.99 which may seem a little bit expensive but you can get it cheaper from Tesco, WH Smith or Amazon for only £4.79.

                  ISBN No. 074606960X

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