Disappointing, but not surprising, to hear that the Transformer movie is long and dumb.
But here are robot books for all ages which are neither:
Picture book: Hello, Robots by Bob Staake. Both of my boys (1 & 4) like this book and I do, too, even if it does rhyme. The story and the art are right on and it’s fun to read out loud. Hello Robots, Metal Robots, smiling bolt to bolt!
Mid-grade: My Robot Buddy, Alfred Slote. Okay, I admit I haven’t read this since way back when, but I seem to remember digging it.
Young adult and up: The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. This is the ultimate robot book. It is just beyond astounding. There are so many, many layers of depth to these robotic fables. Endless things to think about. This book carries my highest possible recommendation. Actually, the whole reason for this post was just to plug it.