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Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Published by Random House Children’s Books
Pages: 32
Ages: 1-4
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Publishers Summary:

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 humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.

Turkeybird.Speaks.Robot.: “Affirmative.Affirmative.Affirmative.”

“Malfunction! That’s what my mom says. It’s not though. This is the best book! Affirmative is my new favorite word too and I can’t stop saying it!”

“Affirmative. Bot. Is. My. Favorite. He. Can. Visit. My. House. All. The. Time. Affirmative!”

“But please, no oil for dinner…that’s just yucky! Plech!”

Mom’s Two Cents: Two unlikely friends, Boy and Bot, decide to spend the day together after meeting in the woods. What neither of them recognizes is how very different they truly are, but instead attempt to play the way that friends do. Rolling down hills, stomping through the woods, climbing over logs and more until Bot suddenly goes silent. Trying everything he can think of Boy decides at the end of the day that a little rest will help, but within moments their roles are reversed leaving Bot concerned about Boy. Despite their differences these two friends soon discover that what truly matters is the friendship they share.

As I’ve mentioned before on my blog, our family is on a huge robot kick right now. Well, couple that with being huge fans of Dan Yaccarino and add in Ame Dyckman’s marvelous storytelling and you have a hit! It’s no wonder to me that Boy and Bot are on the tops of numerous children’s best sellers lists as well as being recognized by quite a few well established organizations like Kirkus. This is a brilliant story and where it stands out is in the joint efforts of Dyckman and Yaccarino. Whoever decided to pair these two definitely knew what they were doing, because it’s one of those books that you know “feels” right from the cover to the last page.

Within the pages of Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman are two characters that you simply cannot help but fall in love with. What they characterize is that pure innocence of childhood; the instantaneous love that comes by fully and completely accepting another from the moment you meet. This is a huge lesson to be learned by all, not only children. Even after Boy and Bot discover their differences they accept one another completely, wishing only to have the friendship the other provides. In the past when I’ve discussed the power picture books possess to bring to light wonderful concepts for young and old this was the exact type of book I was thinking of (well, maybe not exactly, it wasn’t out yet, but you get the idea). Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman explores a depth of friendship within a mere thirty pages that some full length novels never achieve, it’s wonderful!

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman is among our favorite picture books discovered this year! Ame’s story coupled with the quirky illustrations of one of our favorite illustrators, Dan Yaccarino, make for a perfect picture book that children and the adults in their lives will love. Not only are the kiddos in fits and giggles by the end of this delightful tale, but they are also learning valuable lessons for going forward in life. With the Turkeybird getting closer and closer to starting school this Fall these lessons of friendship, kindness and acceptance are ones I know he will carry with him there and I’m grateful for that. Is Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman a book you should be picking up right away? Affirmative! Will you and the kiddos you know love it and learn from it? Affirmative!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 10 (though adults will love this as well). Filled with fabulous illustrations and lessons about acceptance and friendship, this is a book for all ages!

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9 Responses to Book Review: Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    I love Dan Yaccarino’s illustrations! Looks perfect for a little boy!

  2. Kristen M. says:

    Oh, I love Dan Yaccarino’s style! We’ll have to look for this one at the library. I wish it was written about five years ago. It would have been a super fave!

  3. This book looks so great! I love the sounds of this one. I’ll be checking it out! Thanks for the review 🙂

  4. I was browsing through this one at the book store last night. It looked so adorable!

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