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Robot Dreams

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,185 ratings  ·  892 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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allison
Jun 04, 2008 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.
Archit
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I'm starting to get a knack of reading these Graphic Novels.

Sharp and scintillating.

Brings out the best in you.

The feebleness of friendships and how you both long to get back to old times but it's the time that has separated your friendship away.

Not tore apart. But drifted apart.

The dog tries to replace his old friend but never gets the same joy as his endeared Robot gave.

There's a hindi song that you may very much relate to after reading this review and the book.


phool khilte hain,
log milte h
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Pooja
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pooja by: Archit Ojha
Shelves: graphic-manga
Wonderful.

I recommend it to everyone.

With simple pictures, the author has stimulated many emotions in my head.

I'm still stuck in the moment thinking about this dog and his robot, their friendship, their memories of each other and everything they had between them. Their library visits, dog beach tour, reading Castle in the Sky, Mobi Dick, leisurely watching television and eating together.

This graphic book is emotional, touching, poignant, powerful and will not leave you without making you attach
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Malbadeen
Apr 10, 2008 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
Jordan
Aug 18, 2007 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
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Calista
What the Happy Crappy was this?

This is a wordless comic book about a dog and a robot who are supposed friends. They spend a day at the beach and the robot rusts and can't move and it's the last day of the season and the dog leaves the robot there. He doesn't climb over the fence to help him or ask authorities to help. He leaves the robot alone on the beach throughout the entire winter. It's horrible. I mean horrible.

Then the dog moves on and goes out and buys another robot. In May when the beac
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Amy
Jan 14, 2015 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.
Jordan
Aug 06, 2013 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
Kelli
Mar 31, 2016 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
dirt
Oct 03, 2007 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
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Larnacouer  de SH
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Alright mates, I can tell you few things about this book: not enough robots and also text. But if you are interested in sadness and disappointment, ta-daa what a fucking right place you're in!

Not funny at all Sara Varon, not funny.
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Krista Regester
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprisingly deep and actually pretty sad!
Brandy
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Misty
It's not very nice to toy with people's emotions like this, Sara Varon... ...more
Brittany
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. ...more
Kate
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really sweet and heartwarming graphic novel about the friendship between a dog and a robot. Despite using no (very few) words, it still evokes lots of emotions.
Jamie Coolen
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Richard
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked this up recently because I thought it looked like a fun little book. It's actually a book told only by pictures, there are no words at all. A very interesting approach to story telling and it does work! However, I'm just not really sure what the morale or point of the story actually is.

I think the book starts out incredibly strong and fun with a dog and a robot enjoying each others company and learning each others interests. However, there is a turn where they visit the beach, something
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Amy Holland
Nov 12, 2009 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
Jack
Oct 21, 2014 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
Jon Nakapalau
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Sara Varon because she takes universal concepts (like friendship) and makes us reexamine our attitudes. This book made me think: how often do we 'junk' a friend just because we don't want to put anymore time into the relationship? The art is wonderful and the story will make you ponder what friendship means to you. ...more
Brady H
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
this book was awful. It made no sense and had no words so i didn't know what was going on. Like half the pages were a picture of a robot stuck in the sand. I don't recomend this book to anyone

DON'T READ THIS BOOK
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Erica
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Aimee
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I laughed. I cried.
This graphic novel conveys such emotion without needing words. And I loved it.

Jarrah
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Charming and touching graphic novel about friendship lost and found, appropriate for kids and adults.
Jess
Aug 25, 2008 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
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
...more
Desiree Brunelle
Oct 03, 2014 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
Karen
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Courtney H.
Feb 17, 2016 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.
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