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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • 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 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

*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.”

Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2012

More About the Author

Ame Dyckman reads and writes picture books when she should be sleeping. She's the author of BOY + BOT, TEA PARTY RULES, and the upcoming WOLFIE THE BUNNY (February 17, 2015), and HORRIBLE BEAR (Spring, 2016). Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, her obnoxious-but-hysterical cat, and her book collection. Follow Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman), where she Tweets picture book reviews and pretty much everything that pops into her head.

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Bright illustrations and a nice story.
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It's the book they have asked for every time we sit down to read.
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My 3 year old daughter loves this book!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Simpson on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sami Jadran on April 12, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ferry on April 16, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bev on May 10, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Fawcett on December 5, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shuttledude on June 14, 2012
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I purchased this for a co-worker's little boy and he loved it! Of course he had to hear it again and again, so if he's delighted then I am too. Nice book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randie on May 15, 2013
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Dyckman, A. (2012). Boy and bot. Yaccarino, D. New York, NY: Random House Children's Books.

Genre: Children's Picture Storybook

Dyckman shares a story of two unlikely friends: a young boy and a bot. Their friendship begins when boy finds bot out in the woods and brings him home. They have all kinds of fun--until bot stops working. Boy takes on the role of "mother hen" and tries to cure his sick (reading stories, applesauce) bot but nothing works. A disappointed boy falls asleep. When bot regains power and wakes to a seemingly broken boy, he performs his bot version of home remedies (reading instructions, oil) but nothing works. So, bot decides to take boy to his home. What will bot's inventor do? Read to find out!

My wild thing's review: "Funny. I liked it when the bot put oil in his ear. (Laughs). I also liked the applesauce on bot's face. It has good details and organization. And it has a funny voice. And I liked it when the boy tucked the bot into bed. I liked the good coloring that goes with the words. And the author has good writing. The pictures were written good too."

My response: I concur with my son but would also point out the significant role of the inventor. Parents will appreciate his contribution to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Downham on May 9, 2013
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The story is cute -- about two friends who misunderstand each other's needs at first but then learn about their differences and stay friends. The illustrations are colorful and have a vintage appeal.
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