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Boy and Bot Hardcover – April 10, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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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: 8.4 x 0.4 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 (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I give this 4.5 stars! A sweet, simple story of unlikely but unhesitant friendship between Boy and his new robot friend, Bot. The author follows a fantastic story arc, letting us meet characters on page one, introducing conflict by page 4, and allowing the characters a few opportunities to solve the conflict for each other. Everything about this story is sweet. I love the reciprocal actions between Boy and Bot, each "helping" in his own way and as he best knows how. The illustrations are bright and simple, yet beautiful and telling. My preschooler LOVES to re-read this book, which adds to its longevity and value.
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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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My two year old is obsessed with robots so I had to give this book a try. This is a very cute and creative story about a boy and his friend, a robot. My son LOVES it but I don't mind reading it over and over because it is a short, to the point book that is entertaining enough for parents too. This book was also of high quality for the price. I like the illustrations and the concept behind the story is original.
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My 2-year-old developed a fear of robots (no idea why, just one of those things) and I wanted to help him get over his fear by showing him an example of robots being "nice". I found this book. He really likes it, asking to read it nightly. This is a simple and easy-to-understand book for him which teaches concepts of caring for others and being friends with those who are different than you. It's the perfect length so that he doesn't get bored by too many words. I also bought him a robot shirt, and I think he is starting to get over his fear.
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M three year old son loves it!. He is very interested in robots right now and this book, about a developing friendship between a boy and a robot really captured his imagination. Great illustrations and good ideas about learning the difference between what a robot is and what a human is.

I do have one concern about the book though; at one point in the story, an unknown adult takes the child for a ride in his car. Safety issues may not be of concern when actually reading the book, but I did find this part a little odd.
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