Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Revenge of Killer Robot Grannies

 

What do children enjoy reading? There are a number of those who do, greater than those who do not.  Part of the problem over the years is keeping students engaged.

My fond memories of Dick and Jane, Hardy Boys, Tarzan, Louisa May Alcott, and so many more are as shadows of the new books that have children reading.


How about this: "Granny's Revenge was a competitor robot in two series of Robot Wars. It was often considered to be a joke robot as it was allowed to qualify for the main series to provide entertainment for the audience and TV viewers. These contests can get nasty.**

But, there is more. It will give more information than I cared to do:

The original Granny's Revenge featured a dummy of an elderly woman sitting in a motorised wheelchair, therefore making it    top heavy. Despite this, the robot was extremely lightweight at 66kg. It had a pneumatic flipping leg as weaponry, which was not seen in action. 'Granny' herself held a chainsaw in her arms, but this was static and for display purposes only. The dummy was extremely flammable, and would torch the whole robot when set alight

There is a better overview: 

"Granny's Revenge trundled around the arena, attempting to dodge its opponent. After some spinning around by both robots, Axe-Awe slammed into Granny's legs with its back, shaking it but generally doing nothing. Granny at that time was avoiding Axe-Awe by steering around it. Axe-Awe nudged it gently before backing off as Granny's Revenge turned around. Granny then drove on the closed pit but then Axe-Awe again used its back to slam into Granny's Revenge, pushing the robot into Sgt. Bash."


The books are a huge hit, mainly with boys. Perhaps they are the sons of the "Captain Underpants" generation. There is also the "Goosebumps" series. Huge hit.




How did I learn about this gem of literature? My eight-year old grandson from Switzerland told me about it. He loves the books, but then he is a reader.

Below is info about 


Both are available from Amazon

These were books that reluctant readers glommed onto and ate it all up. And, it really doesn't matter at that age to read the ridiculous and funny. 

**My husband was the credentialed teacher supervising science teams' contests who spent untold hours creating robots. Not your traditional robots, but there were robots nonetheless. His team's name was "The Cyborg Zombies".



20 comments:

  1. I really don't care what starts people down the reading journey. A journey which for me rapidly became an addiction. an addiction I still have and which serves me very well.

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    1. I am hoping that students nowadays became passionate for books.

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  2. I have one granddaughter and have never heard of any of these books. Now ice princesses I know all about.

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    1. I know the Disney princesses, having 2 gr-daughters.

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  3. Whatever gets kids to read is a good thing!

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  4. Imma stick with Dick and Jane! We have two sons, one is a reader (#1 son) because more time was spent with him early. The other is like his dad, I did not read anything other than tech manuals, how to, or anything to do with my business until I was in my late 50s. Then I discovered Tom Clancy and I was hooked. Now I have read 1000s.
    But I must go with the majority, what ever gets one on the right track.
    Love sent from NC,
    Sherry & jack

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  5. PS: Capitan Underpants????? LOL

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  6. A lot of the books you mentioned seem like a waste to an old woman like me. I do like the Goosebumps books. A little scary with stories that keep me interested. I read most of the books you mentioned from your childhood. I also read all the Nancy Drew books.

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    1. Loved Nancy Drew series. Glad you enjoyed R.L.Stine's books.

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  7. While i agree in theory that anything to get them reading is good, i also believe they get more out of reading more challenging material. We read classics aloud at the breakfast table, including H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. It's actually a great way to get discussions going in the morning.

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    1. Your parents knew what to do, for sure. Eventually children move on up the reading ladder.

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  8. I started reading about Killer Grannie while I was still debating on the fact that in Catholic school we had Judy John and Jean instead of Dick and Jane, and whether this was a 'doctrinal' thing like changing the words on all the old hymns; before I knew it, we were at Captain Underpants and I began to see why you have a time with where my mind goes on Time Machine...

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  9. I remember the Captain Underpants books as ones that the kiddos would doodle in when it was free reading time. They weren't even going to try to read during that time.

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  10. I bought a few of the Captain Underpants stories for my grand nephew when he was six. I read the first one before wrapping them up and I can see why boys would find them funny, but I don't like them.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!