No-Bot, the Robot with no Bottom

Our January children's picture book of the month is No-Bot, the Robot with no Bottom by Sue Hendra.

In this brand new story, Bernard the robot has an unusual problem – he loses his bottom on the park swing, and sets off to find it. Every time he gets close, it disappears again! Bird was using it as a nest, but it was too heavy; Bear used it in his drum kit, but it was too tinny; the Squirrels built sandcastles with it... and now it looks as if they're sailing away in it. Will Bernard ever get his bottom back?

Parents and toddlers will love sharing this hilarious, boldly illustrated story, and fans of Barry, Norman and Keith will absolutely adore this new wonderfully eccentric new character.

The Author

Sue lives in Brighton with her partner and young daughter. She's an ambassador for Starlight Storytellers, a project Simon & Schuster Publishers set up with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, to arrange author visits and activity sessions in hospitals for sick children.

Check out these other fun titles by Sue Hendra

  • Barry the Fish with Fingers
  • Barry the Fish with Fingers and the Hairy Scary Monster
  • Barry the Fish with Fingers Tickle Hide and Seek
  • Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell
  • Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat


Simon & Schuster Publishers have launched a new picture book newsletter, the Picture Book Den, featuring the likes of Sue Hendra and lots of other titles your little ones will love. If you'd like to find out more, or sign up for free, visit


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