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Henry Heckelbeck Builds a Robot

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #8 of Henry Heckelbeck



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In this eighth Henry Heckelbeck adventure, Henry builds a robot that goes haywire!

Henry Heckelbeck has to build something for class: a robot! But when Henry uses magic to put the gears together, his robot is a little more than he can handle.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Henry Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.




  Henry Heckelbeck was thrilled because it was Friday. And Friday meant no homework until Monday. Woooo!

  Then his teacher, Ms. Mizzle, made an announcement.


  She said, “Class, I am going to assign a very special science project!”

  Henry looked over at his best friend, Dudley Day. Both boys knew “special project” meant “homework.” And they were both right.

  Ms. Mizzle smiled. “I think you’ll like this one. We are going to build robots!”



  The class gasped, and everyone began talking until Ms. Mizzle whistled through her fingers. The class buzz stopped.



  “You have one week to build your robot,” she said.

  “Can we make the robot however we want?” asked Adia Ackers.

  Ms. Mizzle nodded. “Yes! Use any materials you’d like. Have fun! Be creative!”


  Dudley raised his hand. “May we even use CANDY?”

  “And Popsicle sticks?” asked somebody else.


  “What if we wanted to make an animal robot?” blurted another student.

  Ms. Mizzle laughed. “Yes to all your questions!”

  The bell rang. Chairs scraped across the floor.


  “Get started this weekend!” Ms. Mizzle called over the noise. “And we will talk about your plans on Monday.”


  Henry and Dudley walked to their cubbies.

  “I might make a soccer ball robot,” said Dudley. “What about you?”

  Henry shrugged. “I’m not sure yet.”

  The boys grabbed their backpacks and gave each other a high five.

  The weekend had officially begun!

About The Author

Wanda Coven

Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

About The Illustrator

(c) Priscilla Burris
Priscilla Burris

Priscilla Burris is the illustrator and author-illustrator of many books for children. She attributes her love of children’s books and library visits to the East Los Angeles Library. Priscilla loves her role of creating characters and stories for readers everywhere. She lives in sunny Arizona, where she finds the sunrises and sunsets awe-inspiring. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (January 18, 2022)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665911375
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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