Norby is the cutest robot ever created, and this is the fine debut of Janet and Isaac Asimov as a writing team. Juvenile fiction that is smart, funny, and literate is in short supply, and this is one of the best ones ever.
Janet and Isaac Asimov's light takeoff on the 3 Laws of Robotics. Space opera with a proto-type robot similar to R2D2 as the main character. . .
The robot's frame is built into a keg of 'Norb's Nails', so his name is Norby
It was just a old tin-can robot-with no guarantee. But Jeff only needed to teach it Martian Colony Swahili. What he did not realize what the robot had been constructed by a genius 50 years ago-from old parts of a damaged alien spacecraft! Jeff didn't know what he was getting himself into....
There is no way to give this series enough stars. I am so glad that I found it. The type may get redundant in his rehashing things you already know from the first few books but very much wroth the read.