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Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
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Aug 04, 2011

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, summer-11
Read from August 02 to 04, 2011

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 poetic little book and the fact that it's shelved in the children's section of my public library is, I think, a disservice to the complex emotions that Varon portrays here. Can it read as a children's book? Sure. There are, indeed, cute animals that walk around and have a jolly time together. There are also moments of loss, moments of misunderstanding and feelings of betrayal.
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Diane I felt the same way...(they moved it to the YA/graphic novels section)

Penelope Diane wrote: "I felt the same way...(they moved it to the YA/graphic novels section)"

Unfortunately a lot of libraries lump graphic novels in with children's books or YA. I don't think they belong there, and I think librarians (especially younger ones) are thinking about this issue. I know that Teen sections are becoming more prevalent, and graphic novels often get shelved there. Not a bad solution, but I much prefer what the Urbana Free Library does. They shelve graphic novels upstairs in the 741.5's (graphic novels, comic books) but select certain ones to be shelved downstairs in the children's section and others for the teen section. I guess that would be silly for a library with a very small graphic novel collection, but Urbana has enough to be able to make that distinction and spread them out in the appropriate sections. It's complicated :/

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