Robot extraterrestrials encounter a farm on Earth.
A family of bots, each carrying a handy digital device called a Zot, head away from their mod-looking single-occupant space vehicles to explore the moon. All, that is, except Blip, who spies Earth and heads there instead. Staccato rhyming text covers Blip’s exploration, with his Zot warning him each time he’s about to encounter something new. “ ‘Blip, stop!’ / ‘Zot, wazzzzzdot?’ ” Broad visual cues, which at first only show parts of the whole, let kids in on the fun—they’ll know that muddy pig by its curly pink tail. Blip encounters boxes of fresh, crunchy vegetables, three aggressive chickens, a dairy cow and more. Each new discovery reveals more of what is obviously a farm. After Blip drives a tractor—with predictable results involving a tree stump—the mother bot arrives, looking quite displeased. His Zot summarizes all that Blip has encountered (Slack shows the farm denizens in silhouette above their heads), and the bots happily explore. Mother collects her explorer for departure—but where is Blip? Driving Sunnyland Farm’s veggies to town, of course. Slack’s digital paintings couple stylized, sharp-edged images and a wild color palette of magenta, chartreuse, blue and orange to convey an ET’s-eye view of familiar toddler icons.
Good, silly fun wrapped in crisp graphics. (Picture book. 2-4)