One Button Benny by Alan Windram and Chloe Holwill-Hunter

One Button Benny by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter and published by Little Door Books is a sweet picture book about an unassuming little robot named Benny.

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Benny lives on a planet of robots, robots that all have lots of special buttons and different functions. All that is, except for Benny. Benny only has one button, a big red one in the middle of his tummy and he has never ever pressed it as the instructions on it read “ONLY PRESS IN AN EMERGENCY”.

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Teased by his robot peers Benny is desperate for an emergency so he can press his button. And then one morning he notices something happening outside and realises the robots are in danger. Aliens called The collectors are coming with a huge machine that crushes robots and turns them into teapots. This is surely, most definitely, absolutely a perfect time for Benny to press his button – this is an emergency!

What are the powers waiting behind Benny’s emergency button and will the robots be saved from the teapot making machine?

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The engaging illustrations in grey tones are full of technical-looking robot details which are sure to inspire young minds. My four-year-old loves this story and not only asks for it to be read again and again but he has also started including a narrative about Benny in his imaginative play.

We particularly like the aliens too; small, hairy and with green bottoms which of course cause endless giggles from my two boys.

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A classic good guys versus bad guys story that is full of action and lighthearted suspense, perfect for younger readers.

Many thanks to Little Door Books for sending a copy of this book for review.

Buy the book from Waterstones.

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