Item description for Your Very Own Robot (Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks) (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R. A. Montgomery...
Overview The reader is asked to make choices which will determine the fate of a discarded robot.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
ISBN 1933390522 ISBN13 9781933390529
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More About R. A. Montgomery
Raymond A. Montgomery is the founder of the Choose Your Own Adventure interactive children's book series. Montgomery synthesized all of his varied educational and game theory work in the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) series, first published by Bantam Books in 1979. The series grew into a publishing phenomenon with over 180 titles and 250 million copies published worldwide in over 35 languages. The books were unique in that they appealed equally to girls and boys, to reluctant readers and avid ones. The CYOA series has been used in classrooms from early elementary school to college. At the advent of the Internet age, the series was used frequently in curricula focused on explaining the interactivity of the World Wide Web to young children. After a successful stint in the mid-to-late-90's designing games for CD-ROM, Montgomery decided to re-launch the CYOA series based on the interest he was getting from former fans. Montgomery and partners Shannon Gilligan and Gordon Troy, Esq. have turned their full attentions to Choose Your Own Adventure since Fall 2004. The series is being reissued through Chooseco LLC, in Waitsfield, Vermont. R.A. MONTGOMERY is an avid outdoorsman. He has hiked in the Himalayas, climbed mountains in Europe, scuba-dived in Central America, and sailed in Franco-phone Africa .He has lived in France, travels frequently to Asia, and calls Vermont home. His interests include macroeconomics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels, and music. He has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.
R. A. Montgomery currently resides in Warren, in the state of Vermont.
Reviews - What do customers think about Your Very Own Robot (Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks) (Choose Your Own Adventure)?
Didn't Work for Us - a review of "Your Very Own Robot" Apr 1, 2008
If you aren't acquainted with the format, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books promise some extra fun by allowing readers the chance to make some decisions and take the story line down one path or another.
In the case of this book there are twelve possible endings. Unfortunately quite a few of them are "sub-standard", even from a child's perspective. [My own sample audience is a 6 year old boy.] In one ending, for example, the robot flies into a big pile of ice cream and the president of the company charges you --you become a defacto character -- $800 dollars for the damage; while in another situation the robot leaves you having to replant a neighbors rose bushes because your robot exclaims, "SORRY! I AM NOT PROGRAMMED TO PLANT ROSE BUSHES." Don't know about you, but we didn't find it all that entertaining.
As to an official Reading Level (aka Accelerated Reading or ATOS) none is listed. But the word level is fairly advanced and at least at the 2nd Grade level. Which makes the silliness probably even less attractive since I'm assuming older children would be a bit more discriminating than than my 6 y.o. boy.
Here's an example of text from page 18 so you can judge the level for yourself:
=============================== "Now I will try pressing your RUN button," you tell him. So you do--and off he runs.
"Terrific!" you cry, and you turn him off before he can run too far.
"Say, maybe if I let you run fast enough, you could take off, like a plane!" you say. "But, of course, I don't know how to fly a plane. So that might be dangerous."
"Besides there a lots of things we could do in the yard. We could build a fort. That might be fun."
But you keep thinking about flying. Should you try it? Or should you build the fort? ===============================
Two Stars ::: Try this one out at the library first. The reading level is fairly sophisticated, but most of the plot endings aren't.
GOOD ROBOT ADVENTURE Mar 2, 2008
I brought this book for a youngster but after reading it with friends, we got hooked to it as well. The story lines were great no matter what adventure you choose and the pictures brought the story to life. I loved reading in big print.
Pure Magic Nov 4, 2007
I was so excited to see that the Choose Your Own Adventure company had created a series of books targeted for younger readers. My seven year old son was captivated by the idea that he could have a hand in guiding a story about having his very own robot. The color pictures were engaging, and the story lines kept my son reading over and over. Well done!!!
Flashback Sep 8, 2007
In a world where children have so little autonomy, my children found delight as they were given the choice to create their own adventure. To any parent who regularly encourages reading - this is a winner on so many levels, including being fun for the parent. Who wouldn't want to relive this great concept with their children. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Not great Jun 27, 2007
I was really looking forward to sharing the choose your own adventures books with my 7 year old nephew. This one was tagged as being for 6-12 year olds. It was extremely boring for the 7 year old, but the 3 1/2 year old thought it was pretty decent. I don't think either of them will pull it off the shelf to read it or have it read. It falls far short of what I remembered.