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Your Very Own Robot

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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks #2
Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers #4
Choose Your Own Adventure Junior #2
Translated Into: Un robot bien à toi (French)
Sevgili robotum (Turkish)
El teu robot particular (Catalan)
Tu robot particular (Spanish)
Um amigo robo (Portuguese)
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don) (original)
Newton, Keith (reissue)
Release Dates: April, 1982
May, 2007 (reissue)
ISBNs: 0553050192 / 9780553050196 (hardback)
0553151495 / 9780553151497 (paperback)
0553152335 / 9780553152333 (paperback)
1933390522 / 9781933390529 (reissue)
Length:54 pages (original), 52 pages (reissue)
Number of Endings:12
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: The reader is asked to make choices which will determine the fate of a discarded robot.
CGally's Thoughts: I believe I have this one somewhere around the house, but not within easy reach.

Anyway, the story is quite condensed and random. With thieves, a run-in with the law (on your own accord), and even travel to a planet run by robots, there's a lot of odd ground to cover here. It's random alright.

One thing I found disturbing was an ending in which you were disassembled (you are human!) and made into a robot, complete with accompanying illustration. Naturally, the illustration isn't gory, but seeing your head separated from your body with the text reading that you are "made into a robot," along with a long something along the lines of "'BEEP. Whoops!' you say. And no-one ever sees you again." is just incredibly disturbing.

Otherwise, it's R. A. Montgomery randomness, cutified for a younger audience, with the exception of that one messed-up ending.

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Demian's Thoughts: The only real innovation in this book is the inclusion of a blank line where the reader can insert the name he or she gives the robot. Other than that, it's a typical entry in this series. The silly extent to which the story is condensed does prove unintentionally amusing at points.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ken G. for the hardback and reissue cover scans.
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