By Sean Taylor; Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
(Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803734111, 32pp.)

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

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This is Robomop, a hardworking robot who's good at his job, which is cleaning...well, yes, the public restroom. But it's not all mopping, slopping, rubbing, and scrubbing. Robomop also does a wicked honky-tonk dance to the window washer's radio, and he dreams of seeing the sun and sky. So when he's carried outside one day, Robomop believes his wish has come true at last. Has it? Well one thing is for certain: for this little robot, finding his place in the world means never giving up trying.

About the Author
SEAN TAYLOR says of Boing!, "It's based on a true story. Or at least something I read in a newspaper once. Somewhere in Eastern Europe, a trampolining champion did accidentally jump out his own window. Apparently." Sean Taylor and his wife divide their time between Sao Paulo and London.

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include "The Surrender Tree", a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpre Award, the Americas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; "The Poet Slave of Cuba", winner of the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award; "Tropical Secrets"; "The Firefly Letters"; "Hurricane Dancers"; "The Wild Book"; "The Lightning Dreamer"; and "Silver People". She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her at

Praise For Robomop

"This one should hit the top of many bedtime stacks."
-Publishers Weekly

"Offers up a happy ending that involves friendship, love, and, well, honky-tonk music."

"This humorous story shows that everyone has a place in the world and should never give up. The illustrations are reminiscent of vintage picture books and brightly fill each page....A unique addition."
-School Library Journal

One of Daily Candy's Favorite Spring Books for Kids: "Pure silliness that somehow all computes."
-Daily Candy ���Fresh Picks for Little Readers���

"Thrill to the geometric exuberance of these drawings . . . [plus] a stubbornly cheerful finale, and honky-tonk soundtrack throughout." -- 9 New Picture Books That Need Rescuing from Permanent Obscurity
-The Huffington Post

"Rodriquez's whimsical illustrations. . .add to Taylor's uncommon tale. Educators looking for a new title to add to their books about persevering may find this to be that book."

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