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Boy and Bot

by Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)

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gentle book about friendship with a robot ( )
  mccandlessn | Feb 22, 2014 |
This story is about a boy and a robot and the differences they have; like the fact that the robot is made of metal. The book goes onto talk about if people have differences, can they be friends with one another? This book goes onto show that even with their differences, the boy and the robot were still best friends. It teaches kids tolerance and to give people chances, even when they seem different. ( )
  kirstendher | Jan 27, 2014 |
Very short, but informational. It made me realize how books without words can be effective at conveying a message. Very appropriate for very young students who can't read yet as well. ( )
  DayDreamBear | Jan 26, 2014 |
A short, sweet, and to the point lesson on accepting people's differences. The artist puts the boy and the robot in some clever situations, like having the robot drinking oil at a restaurant and showing the boy putting refrigerator magnets on the robot. A good book for young readers, but I'd probably go for another book teaching the same lesson with slightly more substance because the book takes barely a minute to read. ( )
  nbabyak | Jan 21, 2014 |
Very fun story--I want to remember it for beginning readers, too, since the text is so straightforward and the narrative nicely predictable.

I am a big Dan Yaccarino fangirl, too, so I had a good time pouring over the illustrations. The two spreads that start with "He took the robot home/He took the boy home" are little masterpieces. Each panel echoes the "matching" panel on the other page perfectly: the tonal differences between orangey-red day and bluey-green night; the exact match of the paths home in the left panels; the way the robot is leaning one way in the applesauce/book panels and the opposite direction in the oil/instruction manual panels; the bot and the boy even form the same angle (with the bedroom doors in the same place too) on the tucked in/spare battery pages.

I also appreciated the subtle idea that friends and families come in all shapes and sizes but we all take care of each other (that the Inventor calls the boy's parents even before he drives home is a telling touch).

Favorite detail: Their drawings, stuck with magnets to the boy's fridge and the bot's torso. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375867562, Hardcover)

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.

But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.

Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:41 -0400)

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

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