Book Review: Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot by Joshua Margolis


Children’s book
Date Published: 11/1/16

Publisher: Mascot Books

Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is a children’s picture book about Melvin the Robot who is okay, going to school and coming home every day but he’s lonely. One day he sees a Ladybug Robot and he says hello to her which is very unlike him. She agrees to meet him later but he waits and waits and she never shows up. As he’s going home, he runs into his friend (his only friend?) who has several pets in tow. Melvin agrees to adopt one and suddenly he’s not so lonely any more.

This is a great children’s book. Not only does it teach that many of us are lonely but that there is something we can do to combat that loneliness. It also teaches that it’s okay to step out of our comfort zone. The pictures are creative and interesting and had to have taken some time and thought to make them. They’re great! I love the toaster dog!


About the Author

Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.

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