A Day With Wilbur Robinson is a children's picture book, written and illustrated by the American author, William Joyce. Originally published in 1990, the story was later expanded in 2006 by Harper Collins.
Twelve year old Lewis goes to spend the day at his best friend, Wilbur's house, and the two have to go in search of Grandfather Robinson's, missing teeth.
But the Robinson's are no ordinary family; they are eccentric scientists and inventors.
The book is nor out and out comedy, but it is very funny, and this is achieved by the way the lines are delivered. Everything is written very straight. Bizarre things may happen, but it is all treated as if it was completely normal. If Joyce had written the book with lots of exclamation marks or surprised reactions, the story would not be half as entertaining as it is.
What also makes A Day With Wilbur Robinson hilarious for children, are the illustrations. Drawn in 1950s style, the pictures add extra depth to the text; for example, Blanche is 'modelling her new party dress', which just happens to look like a city.
On the day Lewis arrives, things are rather 'dull'; Aunt Ellie is playing with her life size train set, Cousin Pete is walking the cats (tigers), and Uncle Gaston is shooting himself out of a cannon.
When Lewis and Wilbur search for Grandfather's teeth, they meet all the members of the Robinson family, and discover the wacky things they get up to.
There is a scene with a time machine, which formed the basis of a Walt Disney Film called Meet The Robinsons in 2007. It is very loosely based on the book, and the two compliment each other as a piece of children's entertainment.