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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover (Candlewick Sparks)

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Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends.

Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws o
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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It would be simpler if kids read at exact levels at all times. Wouldn't it be grand if you had a kid go strategically from easy books to early chapter books to older chapter books without so much as a glitch in the system? But as it happens the road to literacy is not this smooth varnished path off into the sunset. There are bumps, and valleys, and wobbly bits where the pavement chips off. That's why certain school systems have introduced concepts like "Levels". A kid reads at a certain level, m ...more
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell (2012)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Book
Plot summary:Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations.
Review citation (if available): Chipman, Ian. Booklist , 8/1/2012, Vol. 108 Issue 22, p78-78, 1/9p
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This was a very fun book read to my nephew this morning. Two inexplicable best friends as Robot comes over to spend the night.
I love a well done easy reader tale, and Rabbit and Robot fits the bill nicely. Spot on for age appropriate-ness (a sleepover complete with pizza, card games, a favorite TV show, and funny pajamas). Terrific friendship dynamics--I love the subtle hints that best friends don't have to like the same things. And the list!! One of my all-time favorite Frog and Toad stories is "The List"; if Rabbit and Robt were Toad and Frog in disguise, I would totally buy it. Marvelous.
Barb Keister
What a fun story - hope to see more Rabbit & Robot adventures. Especially loved the illustrations and special dialogue. This one can sit right next to Boy + Bot!
Just a little bit of genius. I'm a list-maker myself, so I know just how Rabbit feels. Gently funny with a great vocabulary. Kids will love this.
Wow, Rabbit is Sheldon Cooper in bunny form! :P Cute multi-chapter reader - it would be a fun read aloud to do Robot's voice.
Colby Sharp
This book is so stinking cute and super funny. My son and I crack up laughing each and every time we read this book. Brilliant.
Many funny moments in this story about an unusual friendship.
Mar 21, 2013 Deborah added it
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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell is a beginnig reader look at two very different friend who have a sleepover.

Bell's humorous, detailed illustrations were created digitally, and range from small images to full page size. My favorite images are cover, robot rolls, crash!, picnic, reflection, Go Fish!, and giggles.

I liked the balance of Rabbit's original list of things to do at the start of the story with Robot's list of fun things done during the sleepover at the end of the book. I lov
Rabbit and Robot are having a sleepover at Rabbit's house. Rabbit is very excited and has made a list of plans. The plans include making pizza, watching t.v., playing Go Fish and going to bed. Everything starts out ok, but when Rabbit begins to make the pizzas and Robot tells him that he wants nuts and bolts on his pizza instead of carrots and peas, Rabbit is not happy. He is especially not happy when Robot takes apart his table and chairs to make pizza toppings. Where are they going to eat?!


Book 14 Bibliographic Citation:
Bell, C. (2012). Rabbit & robot: The sleepover. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5–8, Grades K–3)

Rabbit has a list of fun things planned for his evening visit with his friend, Robot. Robot has his own ideas, and wants to eat pizza with nuts and bolts and play Old Maid instead of Go Fish. The two friends work things out and share a wonderful evening together.

Awards/Reviewing Sources:
2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
Booklist (Aug
Oooh, I really like Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover! It's so deserving of its recent Geisel Honor. AND I just found out that author/illustrator Cece Bell is married to Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series. Power couple! Anyway, Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover is just about perfect as a beginning/independent reader. It has really simple but colorful illustrations, two easy to remember characters, a very simple plotline, a good bit of humor, and, of course, a small-ish vocabulary. Of ...more
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Rabbit is very excited. His friend Robot was coming to spend the night and, much like Toad of the classic “Frog and Toad” stories, Rabbit has made a list….from that opening, CeCe Bell has crafted and illustrated an entertaining chapter book for emerging readers about two unlikely friends Rabbit and Robot. While as an adult, I found the story a bit derivative, I can easily see how Rabbit and Robot would charm young lovers of Frog and Toad.
Ana Luisa
Rabbit and Robot are friends who will be having their first sleep over together. Rabbit has a list of things they must complete before the night is over and he is very apprehensive to change. As the events of the night approach, something goes wrong with each one of them, but his friend Robot always seems to have a solution for the issue. At the end of the night they both realize that their night turned out to be really great and that the list wasn't that big of a deal. Overall, this book has a ...more
Sean Dugan-Strout
Loved the plot: a rabbit and robot, who are good friends, have a sleepover. Of course, drama ensues. During the sleepover, the two go through a list of fun things to do, yet the two react to some of the 'problems' that arise throughout the story. Overall, I thought it was a very important book to share that friends can still be friends, although there are differences between everyone. What I found a little disheartening about the book was that although it was a bit lengthy (for a beginning book) ...more
Bracelle Trujillo
Primary (K-3)

Winner of a 2013 Geisel Honor

Rabbit is a controlling rabbit who has every event of the evening writen down and throws a tantrum when things start to sway from the list. His friend Robot comes over for a sleepover and tries to help fix the problems so that Rabbit doesn't get so upset. By the end of the evening, Rabbit is just happy to have his friend with him regardless of what he has planned.

This book is a good reflection of AASL standard 1.1.9(Collaborate with others to broaden and
Rabbit and Robot are having a sleepover, and Rabbit is determined that they stick to the list of things to do. However, hilarity ensues when things do not go as planned. Though Rabbit hasn't exactly learned to ease up by the end of the book, the two characters do have fun even as Rabbit gets a remote stuck in his ear, Robot takes apart his table, Rabbit nearly goes deaf, and Robot forgets his pajamas. The illustrations are charming, the story is divided into four short chapters to help early rea ...more
Anna Martino
Rabbit invites Robot over for a sleepover. There is a list and they cannot veer off the list. However, you know, that is not going to happen! It was funny and a nice little into to chapter books for those kids who are starting to read chapter books.
Rabbit's best friend is Robot, and whenever they get together, they have lots of fun. One night, the two pals decide to have a sleepover at Rabbit's house. Rabbit wants to make sure that everything goes perfectly at the sleepover. He makes a list of everything that he and Robot can do together, from making pizza to watching TV to playing Go Fish. And when Robot arrives, the two pals start checking things off of Rabbit's list. But what happens when the spontaneous Robot has a brilliant brainstorm ...more
Elizabeth Blake
Feb 22, 2013 Elizabeth Blake rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children 4-8, families
This early chapter book is well-written, has cleaver ideas, and the illustrations are charming and lively. This story of a rabbit and his robot friend who have different perceptions on their time together. The story was good entertainment for our family with a few laughs. It is appropriate for beginning readers, and is also a good bedtime story when read aloud.

My only disappointment was not the fault of the book, but that I have had characters of rabbit and robot who are together in stories over
Feb 02, 2013 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: k-2nd gr
Shelves: geisel-honor, reader
A humorous easy chapter book about two unlikely friends, Rabbit and Robot. Rabbit has the whole sleepover planned, but it does not run smoothly as he wishes. Robot is more relaxed about it all, while Rabbit freaks out when things seem to go wrong. Robot always speaks without contractions and sometimes with more difficult or unknown words instead of a simpler choice (sneaky way to increase vocab is to have Robot say it); e.g., data and humorous. The illustrations help move the story along and pro ...more
Rebecca Honeycutt
Very well paced and organized, great for methodical beginning readers who like to know what's coming, but also like to be surprised by moments of goofiness and visual humor.
Jan 04, 2015 Milo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Milo by: Library find.
"I love rabbit and robot. I like all the things like the table crashing and all of that stuff about rabbit and robot. And maybe about the T.V. remote."
What fun on a sleepover! I personally am very fond of lists, just hope I don't overreact as much as Rabbit does when a wrench is thrown into his plans.
Mar 28, 2014 Diana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Josh loved this.

I am going to start adding more kids books here so I remember what my kids read and to have a list of good books when I am teaching.
Amy Walters
I thought this book was really cute. It is a great book to introduce readers who are ready to start chapter books to start reading chapter books. It is also a great book to read to the class a whole. It has two characters Rabbit and Robot who are completely different in what they like, which just goes to show readers that it is okay to have friends who aren't exactly alike. This book can also be used to introduce your young child about sleepovers. Bell does a great job writing this book, and kee ...more
I liked this story because Rabbit had lots of problems and Robot had solutions. This was a silly story and I loved the pictures.
Rabbit and Robot are two friends who are as different as night and day. Rabbit has prepared for their slumber party by making a list of the fun they plan to have. Robot is a little more laid back, which is useful to help the friends navigate Rabbit's frequent breakdowns when all doesn't go according to plan.

I would love to read this aloud and do the voices for Robot and Rabbit. Rabbit completely melts down when his plans hits a snag and it is so mouth-wateringly fun to imagine reading this to a
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I'm an author and an illustrator, and sadly not a jazz pianist. I live in an old church in the hills of Virginia with my husband, author Tom Angleberger. I work right next door in a new-ish barn. I've written and illustrated a bunch of books for kids and was lucky enough to get a Geisel Honor for one of 'em. If you want to know more about my hearing loss or my childhood (or both), check out my fir ...more
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