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The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life. Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min alw The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life. Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min always gets good grades, and she loves to read and build robots. Max hates school, and prefers to play games and spend time online with friends. When Max rescues two kittens and is determined to keep them, Min is horrified that these furballs could ruin her chances at the Battle of the Bots competition. But with hidden forces at play in their own house, and the larger war between cats and robots fast approaching, will the twins be able to put aside their differences before they get caught in the crossfire?  


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The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life. Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min alw The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life. Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min always gets good grades, and she loves to read and build robots. Max hates school, and prefers to play games and spend time online with friends. When Max rescues two kittens and is determined to keep them, Min is horrified that these furballs could ruin her chances at the Battle of the Bots competition. But with hidden forces at play in their own house, and the larger war between cats and robots fast approaching, will the twins be able to put aside their differences before they get caught in the crossfire?  

30 review for This is War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mikey Golczynski

    Thinly veiled attempt to preach about gender identity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Parkhill

    Cats vs. Robots -- This Is War is a delightful and entertaining read. It's the first book in a new children's book series by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson. The story centers around two galactic empires that consist of seemingly polar opposites -- the Robots, or "Binars," obsessed with order and rules, and the Cats, for whom rules are "generally meant to be followed--but only if you felt like it." These civilizations' epic battle is now coming to Earth, where humans have invented a "Singularity Cats vs. Robots -- This Is War is a delightful and entertaining read. It's the first book in a new children's book series by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson. The story centers around two galactic empires that consist of seemingly polar opposites -- the Robots, or "Binars," obsessed with order and rules, and the Cats, for whom rules are "generally meant to be followed--but only if you felt like it." These civilizations' epic battle is now coming to Earth, where humans have invented a "Singularity Chip" that can enable cats to live past their nine lives or grant robots eternal battery life. Each side is determined that the chip must not fall into the enemy's paws -- or grasping appendages. As the winner of a #GoodreadsGiveaway, I received an advanced reader's copy of this thoroughly engaging book. From start to finish, I found so much to enjoy and appreciate. To begin with, the book encourages readers to move beyond "binary" thinking, of believing that something has to be all of one thing or all of something else. Girl or Boy. Cat or Robot. Organized or Chaotic. However you delineate things that you believe to be complete opposites. In earlier comments, I mentioned the book incorporating Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics -- abbreviated in education communities as STEM (or, as I prefer it, STEAM, which also encompasses Arts). Well, robotics, coding, computer programming, are all integral to this story. But one other area where I feel that readers may benefit is in emotional literacy ... to an ability to identify your feelings. Two human twins, Min and Max, experience a range of emotions as they interact with two mischievous kittens and an older cat whose health is failing. My thanks to everyone involved in this book's creation for the chance to read this advance copy. This book would be a great addition to the children's collection in a library. -- Cynthia M. Parkhill, June 26, 2018 ******** Learned this morning in an email that I'd won a #GoodreadsGiveaway of 's Cats vs. Robots. My initial impression of this book, when I enrolled in the giveaway, was that it combined my favorite animal, the cat, with an application of STEAM principles (That's Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. As I understand it, educators incorporate STEAM in education to prepare children to live and work in an increasingly technological society.) Well, my intention with any children's book giveaway that I won was to place the book, once I'd read it, into my school library. And for its emphasis on STEAM, plus seeming a really fun read, I thought this book would be an especially good fit. I'm looking forward to receiving this book and, most especially, to reading it. -- Cynthia M. Parkhill, June 9, 2018

  3. 5 out of 5

    Valerie McEnroe

    Was there a more ridiculous plot in 2018 than this one? A mom and dad team of robot inventors have created a computer chip that extends life. Doesn't matter if it's a living thing or a nonliving thing. 9 lives not enough? No problem. This chip will give cats as many lives as they want. Robots constantly needing to be recharged at the most inopportune time? No problem. They won't need to plug in anymore. But see...the galaxy is huge. There's all kinds of federations out there. At least I assume t Was there a more ridiculous plot in 2018 than this one? A mom and dad team of robot inventors have created a computer chip that extends life. Doesn't matter if it's a living thing or a nonliving thing. 9 lives not enough? No problem. This chip will give cats as many lives as they want. Robots constantly needing to be recharged at the most inopportune time? No problem. They won't need to plug in anymore. But see...the galaxy is huge. There's all kinds of federations out there. At least I assume there are. The author only talks about the Cat Federation and the Robot Federation, both of which have spies on Earth and WANT THAT CHIP. Then there's Min and Max (gotta love those names), daughter and son of the robot inventors. Min loves robots. And Max loves.... Cats. Right. Max brings home two kittens which freaks out Min, who is sure they are going to wreck havoc. Which they do. When all is said and done, they get to use the chip for a good cause. But it's all kind of messy and weird and pointless. I want my brain to be stretched a little more when I read. By the way. The house is controlled by artificial intelligence and the cat from a solar system far far away can talk to people. Whaaa? And don't get me started on cousin Javi, the "non-binary" person. Please use the pronoun "they" when referring to "them." Do we really have to burden kids with that gender crap? Best sci-fi book of 2018 by far The Truth About Martians.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Dear Bumbles of all ages.... I’m about to introduce you to a new rollicking good time of a middle grade novel! “Cats Vs. Robots... This Is War,” by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson is just soooo much fun! Had you any idea that a Great War is being fought on the sly in front of our faces? Me either. Who will win? The cats or the robots? I’m not spoiling it for you! Secret federations and spying abound in this attention grabbing novel! I absolutely recommend this delightful book for middle age an Dear Bumbles of all ages.... I’m about to introduce you to a new rollicking good time of a middle grade novel! “Cats Vs. Robots... This Is War,” by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson is just soooo much fun! Had you any idea that a Great War is being fought on the sly in front of our faces? Me either. Who will win? The cats or the robots? I’m not spoiling it for you! Secret federations and spying abound in this attention grabbing novel! I absolutely recommend this delightful book for middle age and above. Even as an adult I was laughing or loud! (Page 79 though!) Aside from being hilarious, this novel brilliantly and respectfully introduces the topic of non-binary gender identity in language that middle grade brains can understand. I applaud the authors efforts with this. So refreshing to read about! Also, this novel would make a fabulous springboard for discussions on the “good vs. evil” aspects of technology in today’s world. I am really looking forward to talking about this book with my kids! Look for a giveaway coming soon!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    #FirstLine ~ Pounce de Leon, second in command and Major Meow-Domo of the great feline Empire, padded toward the entrance of the Grand Throne Room. Booknerd Braden's Review: I really liked this book. It was funny and I laughed lots of times. The story line was original and well thought out. My favorite character was Tipsy the robot. The Protos were also very interesting. Normally, I am not a cat fan, but this book put of fun spin on cats because it is about a galactic war between the Feline Empire #FirstLine ~ Pounce de Leon, second in command and Major Meow-Domo of the great feline Empire, padded toward the entrance of the Grand Throne Room. Booknerd Braden's Review: I really liked this book. It was funny and I laughed lots of times. The story line was original and well thought out. My favorite character was Tipsy the robot. The Protos were also very interesting. Normally, I am not a cat fan, but this book put of fun spin on cats because it is about a galactic war between the Feline Empire and Robot Federation. I believe that anyone that likes cats, robots, humor and adventure will love this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kend

    Well, this was an unexpected treasure! Not only does it feature two of my favorite things in the universe (cats and robots), it also features three of my favorite things on planet Earth (NASA's high school summer internships, surprise nonbinary representation, and a sibling rivals-to-allies subplot). It's funny, it's accessible, it's science VS art that becomes science AND art, and it's a book I've already recommended to all of the ten-year-olds in my life. Which is quite a few. Apologies, ten y Well, this was an unexpected treasure! Not only does it feature two of my favorite things in the universe (cats and robots), it also features three of my favorite things on planet Earth (NASA's high school summer internships, surprise nonbinary representation, and a sibling rivals-to-allies subplot). It's funny, it's accessible, it's science VS art that becomes science AND art, and it's a book I've already recommended to all of the ten-year-olds in my life. Which is quite a few. Apologies, ten year olds, but let's talk about this some more. OH YOU LIKE CATS TOO?! Amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    It's all in the title, exactly what it sounds like and more. There has been a war between the Feline Empire and Robot Federation for millennia. Both forces learn that a chip on planet Earth has been invented that has the power to either prolong a cat's nine lives, or give robots the power of an eternal battery. This adventure-packed novel will have you laughing at the cat traits we all know so well, as well as pondering how human robots are capable of being. I'm purr-fectly pleased and eager for It's all in the title, exactly what it sounds like and more. There has been a war between the Feline Empire and Robot Federation for millennia. Both forces learn that a chip on planet Earth has been invented that has the power to either prolong a cat's nine lives, or give robots the power of an eternal battery. This adventure-packed novel will have you laughing at the cat traits we all know so well, as well as pondering how human robots are capable of being. I'm purr-fectly pleased and eager for more! The war for the chip is on!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Fun story that has multiple view points, humor, potty jokes, and some STEAM concepts thrown in for good measure. This is the first is as series and I think it will appeal to many of my students. DRC from Edelweiss and Harper Collins

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Pulignani

    Great reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Arnold

    I am nearly 50 years old, but I still appreciated the punny humor of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kari Ramadorai

    There's definitely a readership out there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    Fun enough for middle-grade readers. Creative concept. This is one of those series that kids will check out frequently.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    ARC from publisher

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I hoped for a lot more from this book. The writing drove me crazy, and all the different perspectives were very hard to follow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wagner

    A really cute chapter book. I'd pick up the second one if it was already written.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Interesting take on the children's sci-fi realm. Enjoyed that the authors did not conform to gender norms with an non-binary character and by making the brother the empathetic and caring sibling and the sister the science focused.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    You know I'm Team Cat all the way! A cute MG series start, with a thought-provoking ending: how intrusive are the devices we install in our houses (like Alexa and Nest). Min and Max have real feeling sibling relationship, adding to the charm of the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    I received an Advance Reader's Edition of the book from the publisher in a contest. Cats Vs. Robots: This is War is the first book in a series. Marketing has been pushing how this book relates to STEM (my preference is STEAM-don't forget the "A" for the Arts) and incorporates concepts related to binary and non-binary thought. With binary, it is yes and no, black and white, girl or boy, etc. We have that duality throughout the book. First with the cats and robots themselves. The Great Feline Empire I received an Advance Reader's Edition of the book from the publisher in a contest. Cats Vs. Robots: This is War is the first book in a series. Marketing has been pushing how this book relates to STEM (my preference is STEAM-don't forget the "A" for the Arts) and incorporates concepts related to binary and non-binary thought. With binary, it is yes and no, black and white, girl or boy, etc. We have that duality throughout the book. First with the cats and robots themselves. The Great Feline Empire of cats is very lazy and unorganized while the Robotic Federation is highly organized and hates the chaos inducing cats. There is also a pair of human twins, a boy named Max and a girl named Min and yes even their names are opposites. The twins are opposites too with Max preferring video games, being lazy, and cats and Min being into robots, order, and loving school. We also have a few different characters who challenge this binary thinking. Pounce of the Feline Empire is a very organized cat who is thinking big picture when the rest of his kind can't think beyond their next nap. Min and Max's cousin Javi is another character that challenges the binary thinking of "him" and "her" by preferring the pronouns "they" and "them". The STEM comes in with Min and her robotics completion and Max and his video game level building contest. Min and Max's parents are also inventors, engineers, and scientists so their work on a special microchip that may be able to extend cat's lives and the battery life of robots becomes the conflict point for the Cats and Robots. Overall, I went into this book thinking it was going to be more about the cats and robots than it was. Most of the book is Min and Max becoming involved in this intergalactic feud. There is also a lot of characters to get use to as well. Javi's preferred pronouns can take a little getting use to especially if you have not met many people who are non-binary but eventually they grew on me. Just a heads up to my fellow librarians, this may be a book an unsuspecting parent may take offense to because of Javi but that's just me being overly cautious. This entire book actually grew on me especially as I took the time to think over it after I was done reading it. It even went from a 3 to a 4 star rating while I was writing this. Not as goofy as it first appears, Cats vs. Robots #1: This is War takes STEM concepts and makes them interesting with a multi-character story line and a lot of heart.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kym

  21. 4 out of 5

    JC

  22. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Stohl

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  24. 5 out of 5

    BookKitteh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vera

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dinah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Chalcraft

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dave Sloan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

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