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*Starred Review* Is any love greater than that between a boy and his robot? While picking pinecones, a boy meets a bright-red, rocket-shaped robot and asks, “Want to play? “Affirmative!” the robot responds, and the pair has tons of fun until a rock bumps the robot’s power switch off. Not understanding the bot’s unresponsiveness, the boy wheels him home and begins feeding him applesauce, reading him a story, and crafting a makeshift bed. When the boy’s parents, unaware of a robot behind the door, check on their son, the door bumps the robot’s power switch back on. Not distinguishing the boy’s unresponsiveness as sleep, the robot, in a humorous reversal, fears the boy has malfunctioned and carries him back to his laboratory, where he gives him oil and begins to prepare a new battery—when, just in time, the not-evil-at-all inventor shows up to put things right. The spare text (“Boy! You-are-fixed!”) replicates the steady beats of the simple yet comedic story, while Yaccarino’s expressive, quirky, and humorously geometric gouache illustrations make the boy and robot’s relationship all the more endearing. The final, nearly wordless pages, with snapshots of the friends at play, are priceless. Preschool-Grade 1. --Angela Leeper

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Starred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2012:
"“The final, nearly wordless pages, with snapshots of the friends at play, are priceless.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2012:
“Dyckman’s debut offers pitch-perfect pacing and gentle humor…. as Boy and Bot would say, it’s ‘affirmative’ that this book will be a hit.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 6, 2012:
“Dyckman’s pared-down prose gives the role-reversal story just enough drama, humor, and robot-inflected dialogue…to keep children entertained for many re-readings.”

Review, The New York Times Book Review (online edition), April 11, 2012:
“It’s a perfectly adorable, age-appropriate friendship. And it’s simply impossible to imagine a 4-year-old boy not wanting to be friends with this book.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ame Dyckman reads and writes picture books when she SHOULD be sleeping. She's the award-winning author of BOY + BOT, TEA PARTY RULES, WOLFIE THE BUNNY, the upcoming HORRIBLE BEAR (Spring, 2016), and more she can't talk about yet. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, her crazy cat, and the characters from her books. Follow Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman), where she Tweets picture book reviews and pretty much everything that pops into her head.

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I bought this book for my son's second birthday. We read it several times a day, every day for over a month. The pictures are engaging. The story is simple, yet very endearing. It is a great book to read to young children for 2 very important reasons. First, there is ample opportunity to use fun voices: robot voice, little boy voice and crazy inventor voice. Second, the book is just the right length. None of the pages have too many words on them and the whole thing is over in around five minutes. This means it's okay to read it again (and again) without bedtime or naptime taking too long. I would recommend this book to any family with young children.
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Please look inside this book on Amazon and you too will fall in love with this book. It is great for young children age 2 to 8. Not a busy read and pictures are great too. Original story in my opinion. It is a story about a boy who meet bot. They become friends and take care of each other. Boy help Bot when he is turn off, and Bot helps boy when he is sleeping in a process they learn how they are little different. With great story and illusration and awesome color combination any kid would love to read this over and over again. My six and four years old (a boy and a girl) love to read this book. They can't seem to put this book down since I bought it. Ame Dyckman did a wonderful job with original story line and Dan Yaccarino did a awesome job with illustration. Put them together and you get a BOY + BOT! We can't wait to see more stories about BOY AND BOT from Ame and Dan. It soon will become classic!!!!
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Boy + Bot is wonderful!
Take a boy and a robot, construct a friendship, add a little misunderstanding, tighten up with the help of the inventor, and voila - Ame Dyckman has built the perfect picture book.
Funny and sweet, you'll want to read this book again and again.
Every child will wish for a friend like Bot!
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This story is short. It's not really a good value for reading by parents of children older than 3. That said... my son (age 4.25) is starting to sound out words, and this book has an excellent length and complexity level for HIM to read. Robots have been a constant favorite since he was tiny - of course this is a big hit!
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Ok, so his first word was "o-bot" but man does he love this book. Bright illustrations and a nice story.
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This is a funny little story about the innate differences between people and robots. I think robots are just something little boys are naturally drawn to, like trucks and dirt. It's hard wired into their brains to like metal and electronics, so the idea of a robot best friend is most definitely appealing.

A boy was busy gathering pinecones when a robot casually approaches him with a pinecone for his collection. Boy meet Bot. They play together for the rest of the day. In the midst of a roll down a hill, a rock bumps the off switch on Bot, and he is immobilized. The boy is confused and concerned; why is his friend suddenly not moving or talking? He wrangles his new friend into the wagon and takes him home. He does all the things his mom does when he is sick: feeds him applesauce, reads him a story, and tucks him in.

When the boy's parents check in on him, the door bumps Bot's power switch. He whirrs to life, but finds the boy completely immobile. Now Bot is confused and concerned. He takes the boy home, gives him oil and thumbs through an instruction manual. Bot is just preparing to install a new battery when the Inventor walks in. The Inventor explains the differences between boys and robot, then drives the little boy home. From then on, they remained fast friends.

Obviously, this is a cute little fantasy book. If the interactive robot didn't clue you in, the Inventor's sidekick is a gigantic lightbulb with one eye and four legs. It's cute how the boy and the bot are from such different worlds, but instinctively know to be concerned about the other.
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In Boy + Bot, two new and very different friends don't understand at first how they need different things. Bot needs oil while Boy does not; Boy needs to sleep while Bot does not. The illustrations in this book are simple and clean. Perhaps they are slightly too simple for older children who have grown to appreciate details and looking for little special things in pictures. However, preschooler and babies will like the big, colorful artwork.

As a story time book, this picture book works well when reading to a group of preschoolers. It's a good size book, which makes it way more interesting for kids, since they can see the pictures easily. Also, the simple illustrations are really good if you're reading to a very young crowd; they're not interested in the details, they're just interested in the funny pictures and bright colors. I found that it was a lot of fun to give Bot a robotic voice and give the scientist a funny accent, too. The kids at the story time I was reading at thought that was hilarious, and they liked trying to talk like Bot.

Both boys and girls will probably like this book, but boys might be more interested in it because a little boy is the main character. However, any young kid with a love for robots will probably think this book is nifty. It's not a must-have for a pre-school collection, but it is a nice addition if you need or would like something about robots.
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