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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 56
Ages: 5-8
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Publishers Summary:

Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws on top (good thing he has magnetic hands). Next on the list is watching TV, but the remote is missing, and Rabbit is panicking! Will Robot find a logical (and rather obvious) solution to the problem? Number three is . . . uh-oh! Why is Robot lying down instead of playing Go Fish? And what is that message reading “BAT” printing out from a slot on his front? New readers who like silly stories will race through this funny adventure about a rabbit who likes to be in control and an obliging robot who calmly keeps their friendship humming.
Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends.

The Turkeybird Gets Specific: Pizza. Check. TV. Check. Game. Check. Bedtime. Check. All checked off the list!

This rabbit is a rabbit I really super like. Ever since school started I make lots and lots of lists just like my teacher and now the rabbit! I love making lists! I really like lists that tell my little sister, Littlebug, what I’m going to teach her after I get home from school. Math. Check. Letters. Check. Snack. Check. Cars. Check. All done!

Rabbit and Robot are super good friends too! I have a friend just like robot too. He’s fun and does crazy things and doesn’t really like lists as much as me and we are best best friends. We have lots of fun together, just like Rabbit and Robot!

Mom’s Two Cents: Rabbit and Robot are the best of friends. When they plan a sleepover though they quickly discover just how different they are despite being great friends. Rabbit’s a list maker who knows exactly how the day will go with his friend and Robot likes to fly by the seat of his pants giggling all the way. Is it possible that two friends can be so different and still enjoy spending the day together? Through giggles and forgiveness these two prove that they can be the best of friends, perhaps because of their differences.

A robot chapter book! How perfect! Turkeybird and Littlebug both love robots and so when I discovered Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell I knew there was no way I could not share it with them. Both kiddos truly enjoyed reading through the story, a short chapter a night, and in fact have reread it a number of times now. It’s not only the “robot factor” that drew them in though, it was the story of friendship and all of the hilarious things this pair does together. Without fail, each chapter had them giggling non-stop for one reason or another. From a phone stuck in Rabbit’s ear to Robot collapsing the dining room table while looking for bolts to eat on his pizza, each scene was hilarious. Perfect for this young, often silly, age group.

Stepping back from all the silliness found within the pages of Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, readers will recognize a bigger story. One about friendship despite and because of differences. Rabbit is a very orderly list-maker while Robot is chaotic at times. What both friends have though is a love for the other, they enjoy each others differences and often forgive one another for mistakes here and there. As Turkeybird mentioned, he does have a good friend who may be a bit similar to Robot and Turkeybird is definitely the organizational type. It was terrific to see how he learned from the relationship between Rabbit & Robot ways that he could be more patient, caring, forgiving and perhaps even a little imaginative.

Cece Bell, the creator of the marvelous Sock Puppet series, shares another incredible story with young readers through Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover. A tale of friendship and forgiveness with an ample amount of giggling tossed in. Rabbit and Robot may be the most unlikely pair of friends, but it doesn’t stop them from enjoying the time they share together. At a time when kiddos are starting school or even simply making new friends in their neighborhood Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell is the perfect beginning chapter book to read together. Turkeybird is certainly excited about reading this one over and over again as he discovers new friends and new things to love about each and every one of them.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 to 8. A marvelous story of friendship, silliness, forgiveness and showing kindness to others. We all may be very different, but Rabbit and Robot prove that it shouldn’t stop a great friendship but instead help it.

Cece Bell is also holding a fantastic contest to get your kiddos involved in the wonderful world of Rabbit & Robot! This one is something I’m hoping to do with the Turkeybird just for fun, since we already own the book, but I’d highly recommend checking it out and possibly winning your very own copy of Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell! It closes on the 29th of September so don’t wait too long to stop over!

Find Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Alibris | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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4 Responses to Book Review: Rabbit and Robot – The Sleepover by Cece Bell

  1. Cece Bell says:

    Thanks for the lovely review! Make sure you check this out:

    http://cecebell.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/beeyootiful-prizes-for-the-rabbit-robot-online-contest/

    You’ll find out that there’s more than just a free book being offered to the winner of the Rabbit & Robot online contest! Thanks again for reading!

  2. V(Bookborne) says:

    Very cute! Yet another title for the ever-growing “I want for my kids” list.

  3. Love the concept behind this book! Seems like a cross between Boy + Bot and Too Many Frogs – two of my favorites.

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