manufactured by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers
2011 (Balzer and Bray)
Source: Mebane Public Library
Clink is a toy robot that can't seem to buy a break. He's rusty, squeaky, and something always is falling off. Clink can't compete with the other robots in the store. Zippy can pick up dirty laundry and play baseball at the same time. Blade gives customers memorable hair cuts. Clink's haircuts are infamous. Penny makes wonderful chocolate chip cookies while Clink can only produce burnt dry toast. When Clink's robot friends go home with happy families, he switches his speakers off and gives up. All seems lost until a thoughtful young boy named Milton makes a connection to Clink through music.
Students love a good underdog (or in this case, an underrobot) story and Clink is a plucky one who will capture their hearts. All of us at one time or another have felt left behind or unable to compete so we connect to Clink. I think young children who have seen Toy Story 2 would be able to compare Clink and Jessie the Cowgirl as both are toys that feel left behind. This story also lends itself to a lesson on problem and solution where students can predict what is going to happen to Clink.
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