Reviews for Boy + Bot
Booklist Reviews 2012 April #1
*Starred Review* Is any love greater than that between a boy and his robot? While picking pinecones, a boy meets a bright-red, rocket-shaped robot and asks, "Want to play? "Affirmative!" the robot responds, and the pair has tons of fun until a rock bumps the robot's power switch off. Not understanding the bot's unresponsiveness, the boy wheels him home and begins feeding him applesauce, reading him a story, and crafting a makeshift bed. When the boy's parents, unaware of a robot behind the door, check on their son, the door bumps the robot's power switch back on. Not distinguishing the boy's unresponsiveness as sleep, the robot, in a humorous reversal, fears the boy has malfunctioned and carries him back to his laboratory, where he gives him oil and begins to prepare a new battery--when, just in time, the not-evil-at-all inventor shows up to put things right. The spare text ("Boy! You-are-fixed!") replicates the steady beats of the simple yet comedic story, while Yaccarino's expressive, quirky, and humorously geometric gouache illustrations make the boy and robot's relationship all the more endearing. The final, nearly wordless pages, with snapshots of the friends at play, are priceless. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
A boy and a robot befriend each other, even though they each fail to comprehend the other's functionality: when Bot's switch is turned off he appears sick to Boy, and when Boy falls asleep Bot assumes Boy has malfunctioned; the inventor helps Boy and Bot understand one another's needs. Yaccarino's vibrant gouache illustrations with cartoon figures skillfully relate the story's touching arc.
Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #2
Dyckman's debut offers pitch-perfect pacing and gentle humor in a sweet story about a friendship that prevails over confusion. Boy and Bot immediately hit it off and play together until Bot's power switch gets bumped. Instead of realizing the problem, Boy thinks something is wrong with his new friend, so he brings him home and unsuccessfully tries to rouse Bot with applesauce and books. While Boy is asleep that night, Bot's power switch gets bumped again, and he thinks there's something wrong with Boy. With pleasing parallel structure, Bot brings Boy home and tries to revive him with oil and by reading aloud an instruction manual. He wonders if putting a new battery into Boy will solve the problem, but an inventor suddenly appears and shouts, "Stop! That is a boy!" The shouting awakens Boy, and then the inventor drives him home. Throughout, Yaccarino's stylized gouache paintings heighten the text's humor, but their greatest contributions come in the final, nearly wordless spreads depicting the two wide-awake friends' happy, ongoing companionship. Perhaps these closing scenes anticipate more stories to come about these friends, since, as Boy and Bot would say, it's "affirmative" that this book will be a hit. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 February #1
Imaginative and sweet-natured, Dyckman's picture-book debut centers on the relationship between a boy and a robot, whose mutual generosity embodies the very best that friendship has to offer. Scruffy haired Boy and red, bullet-shaped Bot hit it off immediately after they meet in the forest. But when a rock accidentally turns off Bot's power switch, Boy jumps into caregiver mode, taking Bot home, feeding him applesauce, reading him a story, and tucking him in for the night. And when Bot is inadvertently reactivated and finds Boy asleep, he reciprocates the only way he knows how, giving Boy oil, reading him an instruction manual, and bringing him a spare battery. Yaccarino's (All the Way to America) brightly colored gouache illustrations and chunky characterizations are filled with affection and create a warm and cheery environment from first page to last. Dyckman's pared-down prose gives the role-reversal story just enough drama, humor, and robot-inflected dialogue ("Boy! You-are-fixed!" cheers Bot when Boy wakes up) to keep children entertained for many re-readings. Ages 1-4. Agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March
PreS-K--A small boy and a robot become playmates. When Bot's power switch accidentally gets turned off, his pal thinks he's sick and takes him home where he feeds him, reads him a story, and puts him to bed. When the boy's parents check on their sleeping son, they unknowingly bump the robot's switch and he turns back on. Seeing the sleeping boy, he thinks there has been a malfunction. The robot takes the boy to his home, squirts oil into the child's ear, and reads him a story. He thinks that Boy may need a new battery. When the Inventor shows up and sees what is happening, he shouts to Bot, which awakens the boy. The pals are relieved to see that each of them is in good repair. Although the two friends must part, they promise to meet again. And so they do. The gouache cartoon illustrations have bright colors and crisp lines. With its subtle humor, this one is sure to fly off the picture-book shelves, as what little boy doesn't want a robot for a friend?--Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI [Page 120]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.