Little, Brown & Co., 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
eet a whole new type of action hero. Armed with only a wrench, a screwdriver and a pile of junk, Dawson illustrates the fact that everything can be used again. This awesome little boy turns other folks' discards into very special contraptions that can do all sort of jobs.
n this story we find Dawson working on a new, fantastic machine that will do all his chores for him. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, this intrepid recycler pieces together a robot that gets a little out of control.
irst, it vacuums up everything in Dawson's workshop. The more it gobbles up, the larger the robot gets. Oh dear, that's not good! Once the Vacu-Maniac leaves the house, it begins consuming all the trees, plants, pots, and other items in the backyard.
wesome Dawson has created a monster (think Frankenstein) and now he's going to have to figure out how to shut down his robot before it gobbles up the whole town. Will he rise to the occasion and save the city? Has he learned his lesson about building weird things in his workshop?
ou'll discover the answers to both these questions as you read this amusing picture book about a true American original. This is a character you'll enjoy reading about and the illustrations picturing him in his workshop are totally awesome!
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