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Boy + Bot

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,389 Ratings  ·  543 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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Colby Sharp
My five year old has been carrying this book around the house for hours.
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
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Beth Wisniewski
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! I LOVE Robots so this book was a must read. I enjoyed the story and the relationship between the boy and the robot. The way they both try to "fix" each other when they can't seem to wake each other up was funny as well as sweet.

Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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!
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun book I will shelve beside The Wild Robot. Made us think about different perspectives/points of view/backgrounds
Jennifer Honahnie
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The story begins when two unlikely characters meet in the woods while gathering pine cones, a boy and a robot. As the boy and the robot make friends the robot's power button is accidentally gets switched off while playing, the boy was worried and thought the robot was sick. He tried to get the robot to eat, he read him a story and tucked him in bed then went to sleep. As the boys parents poked their heads in to check on him they hit the robot's power button and turned him back on, as he peered d ...more
RLL22017 Flora Zayas
Dyckman and Yaccarino work together to create a story about friendship between an unlikely pair. Moreover, the bright simplistic images draw attention to the various ways the friends play (e.g. collecting pinecones, skipping rocks, and walking on logs) and take care of each other (e.g. feeding, reading stories, and putting to sleep). The reasons behind the two friends taking care of each other is sweet enough for one to seek out the story. (view spoiler) ...more
This is very cute and good for a robot-obsessed kid. The illustrations are nicely done. My kiddo seemed sort of bored by it,though. It doesn't quite have the same humor as Dyckman's other books that we've read.

Notes on representation: The boy and his family all appear to be white.
Amy Porter
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Boy + Bot is a great childrens book. The book is about a boy and a robot who become friends. After the robots power switch was turned off on accident, the boy thought the bot was sick and he took him home and took care of him. While the boys parents checked on the boy, they turned on the bots on switch without knowing. The bot then noticed the boy was asleep but thought something was wrong with the boy. So he took him home to take care of him. The boy then woke up and smiled to see the bot infro ...more
Jim Erekson
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
Abriana Chamberlain
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
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
The Library Lady
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Rachel Kinney
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I read Boy Plus Bot for the science fiction book. This is a very cute story about a boy and a robot who become friends and have a little trouble trying to figure out their differences. One day they roll down a hill and the hill shuts off the robot but the boy thinks the robot his ill so he takes him home and tries to feed him, read him a story, tucks him into bed, and then when the parents check on the boy, the door pushes his button again and he turns back on and then while the boy is sleeping ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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:
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I can't believe I have never read this before. This is one of the sweetest books I have ever read. It reminds me of some of my greatest friendships.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
My 4 year old son read this book just about every day we had it checked out from the library. He loved it.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!"
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when a boy and a robot become best friends? They go on adventures together, that’s what! Boy + Bot is a cute little story that allows the reader to follow the boy and his robot friend on the adventures that they go through together. Before the boy and the bot can even really go on many fun adventures together though, the robot stops working. The boy doesn’t know why, but the reader does. The boy tries and tries and tries to figure out what is wrong with the bot, but he cannot. Fina ...more
Taylor Carr
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boy + Bot is a very endearing and funny story about a boy that develops a friendship with someone that is more than a little different from him, a robot. The boy and bot have so much fun together when they first meet and become fast friends. Things take a turn when the bot's power switch turns off and the boy tries to nurse his "sick" friend back to health. Bot does the same for his friend when he is asleep and bot thinks he's "malfunctioning." Watching the friendship of these two characters gro ...more
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