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Robot Dreams

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,912 Ratings  ·  669 Reviews
Richly endearing and full of surprises, Robot Dreams follows an ill-fated friendship between a dog and robot. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves Robot rusty and immobilized in the sand, Dog, unsure what to do, abandons him. As the seasons pass, Dog tries to replace his friend, making and losing a series of new ones, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. M ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by First Second (first published August 1st 2007)
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Jun 09, 2008 allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
Recommended for anyone who ever read and loved The Little Prince but secretly thought there was too much text. And not enough robots.
Apr 10, 2008 Malbadeen rated it really liked it
If you read this book, you might start to think it's about relationships or the inevitability of loss and how people deal with it. you might begin to empathize with a robot or a dog. you might gasp out loud and you might feel like crying at some points. you might recognize that people change people unintentionally and that few interactions go by that don't form some new reality. you might feel equally hopeful and sad when you close the last page. and then you might over use the word might becaus ...more
Aug 18, 2007 Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: all_ages_comics
What a surprise this book turned out to be. It looks like a charming little story for kids about a dog and his robot best friend, told all in pictures without any dialogue. And sure, it works on that level. But there is a real emotional depth, too.
I sat and flipped through it with my 2-year old nephew before really reading it and pointed out to him some of the cute pictures. "Look at the robot swimming," I said. "Look at the dog flying a kite." I'm glad we stopped before I got to "look at the te
Mar 31, 2016 Kelli rated it liked it
I pre-read this wordless graphic novel before giving it to my son. I will be interested in his take on it. I liked it, though it was sad. Loved the robot (and his dreams), the dog...not so much. 3.5 stars
Aug 06, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
At first, I didn’t like this book. During my initial read, I thought the dog was a jerk. He gave up on his poor robot friend too quickly, too easily, and left him to be poked and prodded, pried apart, and become bird-nesting grounds. So as the robot is left on the beach and unable to move, and time passes and seasons change, and all he is left to do is dream about somehow being with his dear friend dog once again, but dog is out trying to become friends with animals and snowmen, it hurt me on th ...more
Oct 08, 2007 dirt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends
i was excited to read this book because it is about robots and dreams which are some of my favorite things. the book would receive five stars if dinosaurs had been somehow incorporated. one of the best scenes is when the robot is turned into a radio
and then he and the repairman start dancing.

most people can identify with the gain and loss of friendship that is the theme of this book. you always remember the people were great friends but for whatever reason you stopped talking. you still wonder w
Jan 14, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
Dog is the biggest literary jerk since Edmund sold his family out to the White Witch for some Turkish Delight.
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If you were even under the impression that a children's graphic novel about a dog and robot could be anything but emotional, you'd be wrong.
Kavita Ramesh
Feb 04, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it really liked it
Such a beautifully imagined little story. I loved the colorful artwork.
Nov 12, 2009 Amy added it
Shelves: 2009, j-comics
What a lovely, bittersweet little book! I must admit, I didn't understand why Dog left Robot in the first place...they were such good friends, and the minute there was a little bump in their relationship, Dog just leaves! Which makes me think that Dog is kind of a crappy friend...but then he keeps thinking about Robot, which redeems him a little bit. I was glad that they both found new friends (and thank goodness someone rescued Robot from the junkyard!), but the fact that they never met again g ...more
It's not very nice to toy with people's emotions like this, Sara Varon...
Aug 18, 2010 Kaion rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic
A bit of an attempted palate cleanser. Sara Varon's art is serenely cute and colorful, and she largely succeeds visually to tell a very slight story of the year in the lives of a robot and its dog owner... lives that are largely separate after the robot rusts during a trip to the beach. Ultimately I felt more like the dog was incredibly irresponsible and borderline completely unsympathetic (and the robot too saccharine to emphasize with), but it zips by too fast to really offend. The really cyni ...more
Desiree Brunelle
Oct 03, 2014 Desiree Brunelle rated it really liked it
this book is basically about a dog who wants a friend to not feel so lonely but when he take his new best friend to the beach he gets broken because robots shouldn't go into water. so the dog leaves him at the beach helpless and goes on with his life. every time the dog tries to make new friends they either move on or they will see him next year because of the season. the dog attempts to go to fix his best friend but he's locked out of the beach so he just moves on. the robot the whole time is j ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Aurora rated it liked it
*This review contains spoilers!*
"Robot Dreams" is a wordless graphic novel. It tells the story of a dog who creates a robot that comes to life. The dog and the robot become friends. The two decide to go a beach and go swimming. The robot becomes immobilized when the water rusts it's arms and legs. The dog is forced to leave the robot lying on the beach. The book then reveals the dreams of the robot and dog as they are apart. The robot dreams of other animals helping up, or of freeing himself. Th
Courtney H.
Feb 17, 2016 Courtney H. rated it liked it
It's a touching, beautiful story, told without words. Also, it's the kind of book that some people say is bittersweet but really, it's sad. And also, I spent a surprising amount of time being angry at a cartoon dog for not hopping the fence.
Jamie Coolen
Feb 12, 2016 Jamie Coolen rated it really liked it
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Oct 22, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
Robot Dreams is a wordless comic that touches on the sometimes heavy subject of friendship. The story starts with a dog that is lonely so he buys and builds a robot that he has fun with. They both have fun playing together until the robot gets rusted up in the sea and can't go with the dog. The dog chooses to leave the robot behind and finds new friends like other animals or even snowmen. The seasons pass and he robot continues to dream about being with his dog friend or having a better life. Th ...more
Jeremy Miller
Jun 01, 2014 Jeremy Miller rated it liked it
Robot dreams.... I have not much to say about this novel, it might have been this cute wordless novel about a dog who buys this robot to become his best friend, and the fun/struggles they have together, but it did not appeal to me. The art was cool, I really like the artist approach on it, but I felt the story was long and dragged out, just to have a very anti climatic ending. This would be a great book for children for the sake of learning patience, and to not leave your friends trapped on the ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Graphic novel fans, kids who are having trouble making friends, a kid whose friend moved away
Recommended to Erica by: Kate Quealy-Gainer
This book was so sweet and so sad. It's a wonderful book about friendship and how it can go horribly wrong if you let your robot friend go to the beach.

Aimee Marx
Apr 11, 2014 Aimee Marx rated it it was amazing
I laughed. I cried.
This graphic novel conveys such emotion without needing words. And I loved it.

Sep 11, 2014 Ms.Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A wordless graphic novel! Lest you think this is "just" a book with pictures, there is a clear narrative, and quite a bit of work the reader needs to do in order to follow the story. I found myself "rereading" to make sure I was keeping characters straight, and understanding the flow of events.

Yes, this is a story of an unlikely friendship between a robot and a dog. It spans a year, and through its simple, wordless format, touches on themes of loss, friendship, and hope.

A sweet read, and defin
May 13, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
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Red Tash
This book is really hard on the reader emotionally. It's supposed to be, which I would have realized if I'd read the front flap of the jacket, but I didn't. My son checked this out from the graphic novel shelf at the public library and at his tender age (7) it's an "all's well that ends well tale" of patience and redemption, but he wasn't keen to talk about it at the time, and now I know why. I cried through the end.

I suppose as far as literary graphic novels go, I should rate this higher, but
Aug 28, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
There's something so irresistible about a wordless graphic novel - you take a peak at the first page, and before you know it you're halfway through the book. And while reading a wordless book might not count as reading to some picky people, I firmly believe it does. Even though it doesn't require you to read words on a page, you are still reading a story - reading the pictures, individually and in sequence, to piece together what is happening. The reader might start to narrate it internally, and ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Pica added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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This short and sweet graphic novel will touch anyone's heart. I picked it randomly off a shelf at my school library, not expecting much, and ended up spending the rest of my lunch period reading it. I finished it as the bell rang, and checked it out, telling myself that I needed to reread it when I got home and eventually review it here.

This is the kind of book I would love to write. Actually, if I wrote something this good, I'd consider my life complete. Very well done
Aug 04, 2011 Penelope rated it liked it
This is a cute book, and the ending is bittersweet. After I finished it, I felt like I may have actually read this already and never added it to Goodreads. I use the term "read" loosely, since this is actually a completely visual graphic novel, with the use of words limited to onomatopoeia and the environment (store-fronts, books, signs). The lack of dialogue is put to powerful use by Varon, who communicates myriad emotions through her images alone (many of which are dream sequences). It's a poe ...more
Mike Raymond
May 22, 2014 Mike Raymond rated it really liked it
Robot Dreams is a dog who builds a robot to make a best friend. But the dog takes the robot to the beach and the robot swims and breaks down. The dog then tries to fix the robot but is unable to so he makes new friends and ends up building a new robot. This book was actually pretty good and I liked it a lot, it was very good for a wordless comic
May 25, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect introductory graphic novel if you are scared to start! And if you love graphic novels you should also read it!!! This made me smile so much! And frown and giggle and just an overall fun and enjoyable experience! I can't wait to read more of her work! ...more
A. Musquiz
Jul 08, 2015 A. Musquiz rated it really liked it
Really quick and incredibly simple read that was very adorable. I read it in 15 minutes and I loved how there was no text at all in the graphic novel. It's different than other ones I've read before but just as entertaining. I highly recommend it to young readers as well!
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