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Item - Your Very Own Robot

(Hardcover edition)
(Hardcover edition)
(Original edition, fifth printing)
(Original edition, fifth printing)
(Original edition, later brown cover printing)
(Original edition, yellow cover printing)
(Original edition, red cover printing)
(Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover)
(Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover)
(Dragonlarks reissue, bordered cover)
(Dragonlarks reissue, 4th printing)

Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks — no. 2
Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers — no. 4
Choose Your Own Adventure Junior — no. 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 edition, yellow cover printing, Hardcover edition, Original edition, fifth printing, Original edition, later brown cover printing, Original edition, red cover printing)
Newton, Keith (Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover, Australian edition, Dragonlarks reissue, 4th printing, Dragonlarks reissue, bordered cover)
Dates: March 1, 1982 (Hardcover edition)
April, 1982 (Original edition, fifth printing)
May, 2007 (Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover)
ISBNs: 0553050192 / 9780553050196 (Hardcover edition)
0553151495 / 9780553151497 (Original edition, fifth printing)
0553152335 / 9780553152333 (Original edition, yellow cover printing, Original edition, red cover printing)
0553164066 / 9780553164060 (Original edition, later brown cover printing)
1933390522 / 9781933390529 (Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover, Dragonlarks reissue, 4th printing, Dragonlarks reissue, bordered cover)
Length: 52 pages (Dragonlarks reissue, 4th printing, Dragonlarks reissue, bordered cover, Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover)
54 pages (Hardcover edition, Original edition, fifth printing, Original edition, later brown cover printing, Original edition, red cover printing, Original edition, yellow cover printing)
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.
Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes (Reissue), bookwormjeff, breity (15149-5 Bantam-Skylark), Crazyscotsman, Demian (second and fifth printings) (fourth reissue printing), duckhugger, exaquint (brown) (orange reissue, blue 12ending reissue), Gartax, horrorbusiness, JoshW, katzcollection (original paperback) (non-border cover), KenJenningsJeopardy74, killagirilla, kinderstef, kleme, knginatl (brown, brown "book fair", brown "Troll", yellow, red, hardback, w/border reissue, w/o border reissue) (brown, brown "book fair", brown "Troll", yellow, red, hardback, w/border reissue, w/o border reissue), nelsondesign, Nomad, ntar (1st print & 2nd cover), plowboy, Pseudo_Intellectual, Radical347, SherlockHolmes, strawberry_brite, ThaRid (1 red cover, 1 brown), ThisIslandEarth, twar, Uraniborg (red cover), wonderfly, Yalius, yunakitty
Users Who Want This Item: exaquint (brown book fair, brown troll, yellow, red), Ffghtermedic, NEMO, ntar (dragonlarks)
Users with Extra Copies: exaquint - orange reissue, blue 12 endings reissue
kinderstef - 1st cover
ntar - 2
SherlockHolmes - I did not collect this series and would be willing to part with this item.

Known Editions

Australian edition
Dragonlarks reissue, 4th printing
Dragonlarks reissue, bordered cover
Dragonlarks reissue, full bleed cover
Hardcover edition
Original edition, fifth printing
Original edition, later brown cover printing
Original edition, red cover printing
Original edition, yellow cover printing

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