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Boy + Bot

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,827 ratings  ·  383 reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
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
Abriana Chamberlain
Boy + Boy was a good story. It starts out with a boy and a robot who meet and instantly become friends. They get to know each other and spend the rest of the day together. As they were playing Robot fell down the hill and his power button switched off. The boy kept asking what was wrong and wondering why he was responding to him. So the boy took him home fed him applesauce, read the Robot a story, and tucked him in bed and said "Good night, Bot." In the middle of the night the boy's parents went ...more
This book is primary level book intended for independent reading.

I choose this book because the 4th grade student's interest inventory stated that he like history, technology, and video games. While it is simplistic in nature this story might also prompt the student to make comparisons to the sophistication of current technology that he and many of his peers encounter on a daily basis. It might also tap into his creativity to look at the personification of technology and what he might do if his
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.
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!
Beth Sniffs Books
A sweet and fun story about the friendship between a boy and a robot. Some silly misunderstandings occur when the robot accidentally gets turned off and the boy doesn’t know what to do, and vice versa. Very clever and fun.

If you can make a decent robot voice, your kiddos will love to hear this story read aloud to them.

Love the kitschy retro vibe to the art work.

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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
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
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
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
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.
This is cute and made me laugh. I loved seeing how Boy and Bot each tried to take care of the other. (Oil--hee hee hee!) I think this could work in a preschool storytime. Would be fun to try a robot voice--I don't think I've done that, yet. And I think the kids will catch some of the sillyness and enjoy that.

5/9/12 This was a good opener as it was a fast, simple story that was OK if the late-comers missed the beginning. It was a smaller group than I've been having, and though they are kids that
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!"
Alex Martinez
Boy and Bot written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino is a story about a little boy who meets a robot. They befriend each other and begin playing together. Then all of a sudden, the robot turns off and the boy doesn't know what happened. He thinks he the robot is sick or hurt and that he must help him. He decides to take the boy home. When it's time for bed he tucks the robot in. The boys parents come to check on the boy and don't realize the robot is behind the door, and accidenta ...more
Elizabeth Murphy
Boy and Bot is a children's picture story book that follows a boy who is trying to understand his robot friend just as much as the robot friend is trying to understand the boy. Children learn a lot about the differences of others in this book and how to adapt to someone being different from them. The boy in this book becomes unsure of what he should do when the bot gets switched off. He thinks that the bot is maybe sick and just needs some sleep because the boy does not understand how they are d ...more
Rachael Mack
Boy + Bot is a silly story about a boy who meets a robot and they begin to play. While playing the robots power switch gets turned off, but the boy cannot figure out what is going on. He does silly things like feeding him applesauce. The robot’s power switch is turned back on while the boy is sleeping and now the robot thinks something is wrong with the boy. Does the cycle ever end?
My favorite part of this story was the silliness which was shared through the text and enhanced through illustra
Boy and Bot written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino is a story about a little boy who meets a robot. They befriend each other and begin playing together. Then all of a sudden, the robot turns off and the boy doesn't know what happened. He thinks he the robot is sick or hurt and that he must help him. He decides to take the boy home. When it's time for bed he tucks the robot in. The boys parents come to check on the boy and don't realize the robot is behind the door, and accidenta ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Macy added it
This a sweet story about a boy and a robot. The two met in the forest and became instant friends. They played together, until bot's power switched accidentally got turned off. The boy didn't know what was wrong with bot, so he took him home to help him by feeding him and tucking him into bed, but none of these things helped bot. Until, during the night bot's power switch accidentally got turned back on. Bot noticed the boy sleeping in his bed and thought something was wrong, so bot took the boy ...more
For a vast majority of us excepting others differences and understanding them can be difficult, but it is still very much a possibility which lies at the root of humanity. In Ame Dyckman’s book Boy + Bot, a colorful and childlike picture book full of whimsically painted drawings. In her story two unlikely characters develop a friendship and learn to interact and care for one another. By experiencing life through the eyes of another we develop a greater sense of understanding, and encourage our o ...more
What little boy doesn’t want a robot for a friend? In ‘Boy + Bot’, this dream comes true when a young boy and a bot come across one another while playing. They have a grand time playing various games with each other until Bot gets his switch powered off by accident. Boy does not understand his new friend and decides to take care of Bot at his home, just like his mom would. We then see the difference in lifestyles as Boy takes care of Bot the human way with reading and tucking into bed as needed. ...more
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
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.
Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman is a fantasy story between a boy and a robot. The boy and robot were playing together when the robots power switch got shut off. The boy wanted to help the robot when he was powered off, and the robot wanted to help the boy when he was asleep. Both the robot and the boy wanted to help each other which lead them to become great friends.

The story was a simple and fun read. The story is unrealistic in the fact the boy is friends with a robot, but it is a fun story non the
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
A young boy encounters a robot while out picking pine cones one day. The robot offers to help the boy and they become fast friends finding lots of things to do together. But when the robot falls down and hits is "off" switch, the boy can't figure out what's wrong. So the boy takes the robot home, gives him applesauce, reads him a story and puts him to bed. When the boy's parents check on him later, they unknowingly switch on the robot. The Robot wakes and sees the boy asleep and assumes somethin ...more
This title written by debut author, Ame Dyckman, and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, has all the ingredients for the best recipe of friendship found; love rises to the top despite differences. My full review of Boy + Bot is here:
Brady Stevens
Dec 07, 2014 Brady Stevens added it
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This book is meant for young readers from ages 2-5 with a low reading level. A boy and robot meet in the woods. They have fun playing, until bot accidentally gets turned off and the boy gets worried. Then when he turns back on the boy is sleeping, and bot is concerned he needs a new battery. They both try to take care of each other. The book is about the belief of two kids from two different cultures coming together and becoming friends and not knowing how to first interact and communicate. Illu ...more
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