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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
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
Very cute with nice illustrations. But it's too short. It takes about 2 minutes to read, maybe less. The trend of short picture books crossed a line with this one ...Published 10 days ago by Mark Booyer
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!
This is a great story about the friendship between a boy and a robot. My 3 year old son loves this book. He asks for it every night. Read morePublished 27 days ago by erica chatel
I got this book after reading it in the Discovery Museum in San Jose. The book is short and very much geared towards a beginning reader, but my 18 month old loves to have me read... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nathaniel W Hansen
This is a cute little story. The illustrations really add to the content. Our little robot fan fell in love with this book at the library (and my spouse and I like it too). Read morePublished 1 month ago by k dekleine
Very cute and sweet. My boys enjoy this cute story about a boy and his robot friend. Highly recommend for your robot fan.Published 1 month ago by Jgib19
Our 4-year-old and 2-year-old love this book. Although it's not a literary classic by any means, the illustrations are effective enough to tell the story so that our little readers... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura C