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Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman

Boy and Bot

by Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)

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A little boy meets a robot in the woods and the two enjoy a day of games together in this sweet picture-book from author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Dan Yaccarino. But when Bot's power switch is flipped off, Boy imagines that his unresponsiveness indicates that he is unwell, and he tries to help him as he would if the robot were human. Bot, in the meantime, becomes concerned when his power is turned back on, and he finds Boy asleep. Becoming convinced that Boy is malfunctioning, he attempts to repair him as he would a fellow robot. Luckily his inventor intervenes, and all ends happily, as Boy and Bot realize that they are different kinds of creatures, but can be friends nevertheless...

Boy + Bot was Ame Dyckman's picture-book debut, although it is the fourth title from her that I have read. I found it quite charming, with a heartwarming tale of two very different friends who must learn about and accept one another's differences, and fun illustrations done in colorful gouache. Robots seem very popular right now in the picture-book world, and Dyckman's story takes the childhood fascination with these mechanical men and uses it to highlight the role of friendship in bringing together people with very different backgrounds and outlooks. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories featuring robots, as well as to fans of Yaccarino's colorful art. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 23, 2016 |
This is a science fiction book about a boy who meets a robot. The boy and robot become fast friends, but the robot's off switch gets hit so the boy thinks he is sick. The boy takes the robot to his house to try to make him feel better. While the boy is sleeping, the robot's on switch gets hit. When the robot turns back on and sees that the boy is sleeping, he thinks the boy malfunctioned, so he takes him to his home and tries to fix him. At the robot's place, the inventor of the robot sees the boy and tells the robot that he's just asleep. The inventor calls the boys parents and takes the boy home. While saying goodbye, the two make plans to play the next day, which they do. I would use this book to talk about perceptions and unlikely friendships. The illustrations are gouache on watercolor paper.
  jessicayambra | Apr 16, 2016 |
This story - as the title suggests - is about a boy and a robot who stumble upon friendship. While playing shortly after meeting one another, the robot's power switch gets turned off, and the boy thinks he is sick. He takes the robot home and cares for him as if he is a sick human, and then goes to bed. While the boy is asleep, the robot's power switch gets turned back on, but when the robot sees that the boy is asleep, his resolution is to take him back to his inventors house and treat him as if he is a sick robot. In the end, they are both awake and ready to continue playing. As a science fiction book, I feel the "Boy + Bot" is very surface level exposure into the genre. I took an overused theme of robots and put it to a very simple plot. However, as a whole, the story was very sweet and a delight to read. It would be well used when discussing friendship or caring for others when they are sick - which could be physically or emotionally. It's a fun book for young readers that acts as a safe and inviting stepping stone into the genre of science fiction.
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  ShelbyEllis | Apr 15, 2016 |
Genre: Science fiction
Review: Boy Bot is a book about a boy who is out exploring in the woods and meets a robot. They play together, but the robot falls and hits his off switch. The boy doesn't understand why the robot won't wake up, so he takes the robot home and takes care of him, like a mother would take care of her child when they were sick. When the boy goes to sleep, the robot thinks he is malfunctioning and puts oil in his ear. The two overcome their differences and are able to be friends. I liked this book because it portrays a good friendship. It is an endearing, sweet story. It is a good science fiction book because the robot turns on and off in ways that make sense- the off switch. However, the robot would not be able to interact with the boy in real life. What the robot does is explained through science, though it is not realistic.
Uses: This book would work best in a younger classroom or preschool. I think it would be great to show problem-solving skills, or to give an example of how to take care of someone when they need help. It is also just a fun story to read for entertainment.
Media: Gouache ( )
  jbohall14 | Apr 13, 2016 |
Boy and Bot is definitley a good book for younger children. I really enjoyed the humor in the book. For instance, when the boy thinks Bot is asleep, he tries to put applesauce in Bot's mouth. Similarly, when Bot thinks Boy is asleep, he tries to put oil in Boy's ear. It's silly, but I got a kick out of it. I also enjoyed the illustrations. They really tied the whole story together. I wouldn't have thought the applesauce or oil scenes were nearly as funny if I hadn't seen the picture to accompany it. Overall, the theme of this book would be that anyone can be friends. ( )
  jharvi3 | Mar 9, 2016 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:45 -0400)

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

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