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One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.

But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.

Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instr...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Randie
My 6 and a half year old son'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 review: I concur with my son. I will also point out that the Inventor's role is also important. Parents will apprec...more
Kathryn
While perhaps not a personal favorite, I think this is a book that children, little boys especially, will really enjoy. It's a great story about friendship (especially friendship with someone that is "different" than you are) and I love the way the boy and bot tried to understand one another and help one another (even if their basis for understanding was very much rooted in what their own experiences had been and if the "help" wasn't always necessarily quite what was needed). Sweet ending. Fun i...more
midnightfaerie
A solid level 1 reading book for all ages, it's a cute story about a boy and his friend the robot. When natural things happen, each think something is wrong with the other and try to fix it. Bright colorful pictures will entrance kids of all ages.
Colby Sharp
My five year old has been carrying this book around the house for hours.
Jim Erekson
This story of misunderstandings didn't do much other than present the two misunderstandings and solve them. Sometimes I worry that formulaic stories seem a bit too mathematical and formulaic. The parallel misunderstandings in this story are very similar to the one in Boot + Shoe. But even before that it reminded me of Blueberries for Sal, where for some reason the misunderstandings were more electric. Blueberries is one of my all time favorites, and this one didn't give me even close to the same...more
Paul  Hankins
The epitome of what we might call THE One Book/Four Hands book for an approach to reading and reading aloud with younger readers. Ame's book is too much fun to miss as part of your 2012 reading year.

We'll be pairing this one up with John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN this fall to talk about the individuals who make up a symbiotic relationship or friendship. We will extend the conversation to talk about how each attempts to meet the perceived "needs" of the other and how this might help or hinder...more
The Library Lady
There are always gaps in a library collection. Sometimes they're ones you can't fill and won't ever be able to fill--like the mom who wants a book to explain to her 2 year old why his au pair is leaving or one that is about vacuums.

But one thing that has always been frustrating is the dearth of books on certain topics. Take robots. Aside from crappy commercial "Star Wars" books for kids (something that really bothers me on many levels)there hasn't been much.

But suddenly, there are some terrific...more
Mark
In Boy and Bot, Ame Dyckman’s sweet and playful tale, with deceptively simple gouache illustrations by Dan Yaccarino, a nameless boy is collecting pine cones in his red wagon when he meets a robot. "Want to play?" the boy asks, to which the robot, quite naturally, replies, "Affirmative!"

Boy and robot, who looks like the Tin Man crossed with a squat red rocket ship, gambol about outside until the robot mysteriously stops functioning. Unable to revive the bot, the boy brings him home to offer him...more
Lu Benke
It's been a winter of our discontent trying to replace then learn 4 new electronic devices. So, I could really get into a plot that hinges on unknowingly turning off a friendly robot. Totally believable! There was also something intriguing about the idea of a boy encountering a robot in the mountainous forest leading me to just accept upfront the first sentence of "A boy was gathering pinecones in his wagon when he met a robot." I credit the straightforward yet colorful illustrations for making...more
Karin
A wonderful story of friendship. Boy and Bot both have to learn what the other needs to be happy and healthy. In spite of their differences, they find out that they enjoy many of the same things. The text is simple and the illustrations are big and bright. This is definitely a book that I could read multiple times and I'm sure the kiddos will, too.
Shauni
This is probably my five-year-old's new favorite book. It's so cleverly written, and the friendship between the boy and the robot is very cute. My son even learned a new word: "Affirmative!"
Mike
One day, a boy and a robot meet in a forest, while each is exploring. They immediately become friends and start playing.

When the robot is accidentally switched off, the boy becomes deeply concerned and tries everything he can think of to save his sick friend. When nothing works, the boy tucks the robot into bed and hopes for the best.

Late that night, the robot turns back on. Startled to find the boy asleep, everything he can think of to save his malfunctioning friend. He's just about to replace...more
Kifflie
A boy and a bot become friends. The bot shuts down accidentally, and the boy wonders what's wrong. He tries all sorts of ways that might help a human but not a bot. When the bot recovers, he finds the boy asleep and believes his young human friend has malfunctioned. Enter the bot's inventor for the rescue.

Cute story about friendship with fun cartoony illustrations. Sure to appeal to kids who love their mechanical friends.
Ricki
My husband read this book to my son and me tonight. It was a cute story of a boy who finds a robot. They learn about the fragility of each other. We enjoyed it!
Tracy St.
This short yet adorable book is probably intended for younger kids or beginning readers. There is little text on the pages and is told mostly through narrative and 3rd person story telling. In this story a young boy meets a robot alone out in the woods and they become instant friends (although the author could have used any subject here I love how the use of a robot will draw many little boys into the story). When the robot’s power switch is off the little boy thinks he is sick and attempts to c...more
babyhippoface
A boy finds a robot and they become fast friends. But when the bot's power button is bumped, he goes silent, and the boy wonders why. He takes the robot home and does everything he knows to make him feel better: he feeds him applesauce, reads him a story, and tucks him into bed.

When the boy's parents open the door to check on their son, they accidentally bump the bot's button again, and Bot turns back on. But now the boy is asleep, and the bot thinks he's broken. So Bot takes the boy home, wher...more
Jen
I loved the gentleness each (the boy and the robot) took with caring for one another. It is a remarkable story about love and friendship and a great gift to give or to receive.
Christine
What a handsome duo! I think the younger students are going to fall in love with this story about the friendship between a boy and a robot.
Joanna
My 4 year old son read this book just about every day we had it checked out from the library. He loved it.
Sandi Roe
This is a very amusing story of a Boy and a Bot that make friends, but don't know anything about one another. After rolling down the hill having fun, Bot hits his power button. Boy doesn't know what is wrong with him, so he takes him home and treats him the way his mom treats him when he is sick. When Boys parents come in to check on him during the night, the bedroom door turns Bot's power button back on. By this time, Boy is asleep and Bot thinks something is wrong with him. He takes him home a...more
Melissa
Very fun story--I want to remember it for beginning readers, too, since the text is so straightforward and the narrative nicely predictable.

I am a big Dan Yaccarino fangirl, too, so I had a good time pouring over the illustrations. The two spreads that start with "He took the robot home/He took the boy home" are little masterpieces. Each panel echoes the "matching" panel on the other page perfectly: the tonal differences between orangey-red day and bluey-green night; the exact match of the path...more
David
Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino is the story of a robot and a boy who meet in a forest, their concern for each other, and their strong friendship.

Yaccarino's illustrations were created using gouache on watercolor paper. Single page, double page, and panels of illustrations combine to move this humorous, charming story effectively along to its very pleasing end. The front and back covers use white space extremely well and the placement of the isbn is perfect! My favorite...more
Kris
Great story of two friends -- lots of symmetry and subtle repetition in the plot, makes a nice read aloud. Illustrations are balanced, bright and bold, and appealing.

2 starred reviews: Booklist & Kirkus.


"...Dan Yaccarino mixes it up with his sunny gouache artwork – sometimes going for the full page illustration, other times breaking the story down into smaller panels. He has a knack for creating compositions that are simple and childlike yet can skillfully carry a story..."--100 Scope Notes....more
Emma (Miss Print)
Friends can come in all shapes and sizes--just ask Boy and Bot. This unlikely duo meet and have a grand time together until something goes wrong when Bot is rolling down the hill. Boy takes him home to help, but will he be able to nurse the robot back to health? Later, when Bot finds the boy has malfunctioned, will be able to repair the boy?

Boy + Bot (2012) by Ame Dyckman with illustrations by Dan Yaccarino is a delightful story that shows friendships can come in all shapes and sizes.

With sparse...more
Julie Grasso
I absolutely love this book. The innocence of Boy is so delightful when he meets Bot, but something goes terribly wrong. Boy doesn't know it, but the power button on Bot was accidently turned off. I want to instil empathy and caring for others in Gigi from a very early age, so I just adore that Boy tries everything to make Bot better, until he tucks him in and falls asleep.
A serendipitous moment occurs and Bot finds himself in a similar position, trying everything to make Boy better.
Just look...more
Christine Turner
Illustrations by by Dan Yaccarino.
Boy and Bot
One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies--applesauce, reading a story--don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor hel...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
A boy was collecting pinecones when he met a robot. When the boy asked the robot if he would like to play the robot responded, “Affirmative.” And so play they did. When the bot’s on-off switch was accidentally hit the boy was worried and tried to take care of bot. When the robot was turned back on and the boy was asleep the bot was worried and tried to take care of the boy.

This is a fun story about friendship and what good friends two very different things can be. The illustrations are great. T...more
Tasha
One day when out collecting pinecones in the forest, a boy meets a robot. The two of them play together and have a lot of fun. But then when rolling down a hill, the robot’s power button gets pressed and he turns off. The boy thinks the robot must be sick, so he takes the robot home and feeds him, reads him a book and puts him to bed. When the boy’s parents look in at him before going to bed, they press the switch on the robot. Now the robot notices the sleeping boy and thinks that he has malfun...more
Tatiana
Boy + Bot is the story of--you guessed it--a boy and a ro'bot' who are unlikely friends. I say unlikely because, as of 2013, robots are not prevalent as man's best friend. But how different is a robot from, say, a child from a different culture/country who is awkward to his/her new surroundings? In that situation, each friend has to adjust to the customs of the other; there will probably be misunderstandings between them due to language barriers. And so is the case with the boy and the bot in Am...more
Barbara
Boy meets Bot while out playing and they become fast friends. They have a great time playing together until...Bot stops working. What should Boy do? What follows is a comfortable tale about friendship, famlies and seeing the world a little differently. This would be a great addition to a pre-school STEM literacy program. "Affirmative!"
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