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Boy and Bot Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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"“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.”
Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why must so many technology and science childrens books feature boys instead of girls?Published 6 days ago by Jared Banyard
I love this book!! One of my favorites. The story is cute and pictures are great.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Best children's book we've read in a long time. Clever story, eye-catching artwork.Published 29 days ago by Stephanie J.
My son absolutely loves robots and we have gone through plenty of robot books. This book is definitely both of our favorites and my 3 year old already anticipates reading the next... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica
We first read this book at a local children's museum, then we borrowed it from the library. My two-year-old wanted me to read it every day for three weeks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Oprica
This could be a lot better. I like the idea of the story, but it was poorly executed.Published 1 month ago by Zechariah M.
Such a beautiful story about a boy and a robot. The curious boy finds the robot and discovers how to take care of it. Well in the end the robot becomes the boys best friend.Published 2 months ago by Crazy_Kid
Looks like a fun boo, gave to my grandson for his 6th b-day, and think he will love it!
I hope his Dad will help him read it!