Boy + Bot – Book Review

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From the Cover of Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman:

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks hes sick. The usual remedies&–applesauce, reading a story&–dont 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.

Grade:

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Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 4 out of 5 Hoots based on it’s usefulness to foster and adoptive families. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here.]

What Our Family Thought:

Ame Dyckman is superb at telling a fun and enjoyable story that the whole family is going to enjoy. You can see evidence of this not only in this book but also in Wolfie the Bunny and Tea Party Rules. We would probably say that this book is targeting preschool through young elementary school children. However, our family found that teenagers and seniors had a great time seeing the story unfold in this book.

There are great discussions packaged within this fun story. One such topic for foster and adoptive families is the issue of learning to care for other people. Many foster and adoptive children have come through situations where they were fighting for survival and still maintain those survival instincts where they look out for their own livelihood. Consequently, these kiddos want to be able to care for those they care about but have trouble getting outside themselves. Boy + Bot playfully shows what can happen when you try to care for someone else like you treat yourself. Sometimes it can help and other times it’s as helpful as trying to nourish a robot with applesauce.

The other topic is more simplistic but very important. The story helps to illustrates that friends can be different but again must understand those differences.

Again, overall this book offers a great package. Fantastic story coupled with great illustrations will provide wonderful conversation and bonding for any family. Our crew advises foster and adoptive families to add this book to their home library as a resource.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What did Bot and Boy like playing together?
  2. How did Boy feel about Bot being sick?
  3. Why did Boy read Bot a story and feed him applesauce?
  4. Why didn’t these tasks help Bot?
  5. How did Bot feel about Boy malfunctioning?
  6. Why didn’t the oil and battery help Boy?
  7. What does Boy need to learn about Bot? Bot about Boy?
  8. What do you like to do when you’re happy? What about your parents?
  9. What should people do for you when your’e scared? Ask your parents how to help them when they’re scared?
  10. What about when you are your parents are angry? sad?
  11. What are questions Boy and Bot should ask each other to learn more about each other?
  12. What are good questions you could ask kids at school to learn more about them and be able to care for your friends?

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