#365PictureBooks Day 26 Boy + Bot

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 instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humour, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers”. Publisher: Random House

I love the universal message of friendship in this story. It is possible to be friends with people who are different. People are different in appearance, mannerisms, preferences and needs, but we all want and need to be loved.

I love reading this to our kindergarteners. They get it.

I love the illustrations that remind me of Little Golden books from when I was a child. They perfectly match the spare text – which says just enough – no more is needed.

I love this book!

Should it be in a school library?


Watch the book trailer from Mr Schu:


Bibliographic details:

Boy + bot / Written by Ame Dyckman and Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Published by Random House, 2012.

32 pages


NZ RRP$34.99

Available to borrow from Auckland Libraries (although I notice most copies are out! testament to the awesomeness and kid appeal of this PB perhaps?) It is still showing as available for Libraries for purchase on the Wheelers website too 🙂

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