"With bold page design, short sentences, and high-interest topics, the World of Robots series (6 titles) is useful for emerging readers who still need a little bit of a visual assist. This entry is all about robots whose designs are based on animals. Chapters describe different kinds of robots, the animals they are modeled on, and what they are used for. Sentences are brief and clear, though the page design, which includes vocabulary definitions and additional fact bubbles, can be busy, and less confident readers may be overwhelmed. Maps and diagrams, when they appear, are clearly labeled, and the back matter collects vocab terms in a glossary and directs readers to additional resources. There's a lot going on here, but interested readers will still find plenty to appreciate."
"This series highlights some of the very coolest robots that will catch the attention of young readers. Aside from being awesome, animal bots can be helpful. A snake bot that is small enough to wriggle through rubble can search for victims after earthquakes or bombings. Battle bots are mostly just for fun, but medical and military robots help people by assisting with surgeries and keeping soldiers out of harm's way, respectively. Space and underwater robots allow scientists to virtually go where they physically cannot, collecting samples and data for further analysis. Vocabulary words are introduced slowly, defined on the same pages as they're introduced, and then collected in the glossary. The writing is simple and not overly comprehensive, but is ample enough to give curious readers the bot fix they crave. VERDICT A flashy series kids will gravitate toward."