...AND SOME NICE THINGS TO READ

HAS K'NEXOSAURUS' BATTERY FINALLY RUN OUT? IF JUNIOR IS READY FOR MORE LITERARY PURSUITS, THESE ARE GOOD BETS

--If I Had a Robot By Dan Yaccarino (Viking; $14.99) The story gets right to the high-tech point: if Phil, the pint-size hero, had a robot, this gigantic mechanical best friend could eat Phil's Brussels sprouts (yuck!) and lima beans (ugh!). And take Phil's piano lessons. And go to school for him. And beat up bad guys. And eat Phil's chocolate cake...oops, wait a minute; not so fast! Equally charming are the author's bright, funny illustrations, which show Phil wearing a baseball cap frontward, not backward. Could this fashion statement signal the beginning of a trend?

--The Lonely Lioness and the...

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