The Robot King by Brian Selznick

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"Ezra, a mute since his mother's death, compulsively collects small things that older sister Lucy uses to craft mechanical toys.When she assembles a man-sized figure and inserts their mother's music box as a heart, it comes to life—and what a life! Readers will respond to this...haunting, enigmatic tale of two lonely children who create something wonderful."—K.


About Brian Selznick

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Brian Selznick is the illustrator of many books for children, among them the Caldecott Honor book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, as well as his own The Boy of a Thousand Faces and The Houdini Box. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published August 24, 1995 by HarperCollins. 80 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lucy and Ezra never do catch up to the Robot King, but a ferris wheel spins them skyward, where they touch the moon and catch a glimpse of their long-absent father returning home.

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There she builds the Robot King, and places their late mother's music box inside of it as a ""heart."" When the music box suddenly starts playing, the robot comes alive, slips off the table and shatters its knees, which are fashioned from china plates.

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