The ever versatile activity song gets a techno-twist with customized lyrics and pop-up robots lined up to demonstrate each verse.
“If you’re a robot and you know it / then your circuit board will show it….” Following the familiar “clap your hands” and “stomp your feet,” the directions take a quick left turn that begins with “jump and beep” and culminates with a spectacular “shoot laser beams out of your eyes” before the closing “Hooray!” Animated by pull-tabs and constructed in the cartoon illustrations from scrap metal and diverse elements including, for one, a tea-kettle head, Carter’s hand-clapping, limb-stretching, (card stock) laser-beam–shooting clanks have an appropriately silly look. A free download of the song, first issued on a 2013 CD, makes a sprightly, if likely to be superfluous, extra.
After the hundredth (or thousandth) repetition of the original, this may come as a welcome variation—to the grown-ups, at least. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)