Early Lit Bits: “Boy + Bot” Book Review

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

After a chance meeting in the woods, a boy and robot become fast friends.  Later when Bot’s power switch is accidentally bumped, Boy believes Bot is sick and tries his best to mend him.  The roles are reversed when Bot discovers Boy asleep, and tries to “reactivate” him. 

The humor of the mix-up will be a hit with adults and children, and the pictures are large enough to share with a group.  With vibrant illustrations and a heart-warming story of friendship, this book begs repeat readings. 

As you are reading, pretend you are a robot and talk in your best robot voice.  Ask your child what kind of robot he or she would like to be.  Would a robot be a nice playmate?  Break out the cardboard and duct tape and construct a robot costume together.  Pretend play is an excellent way for children to practice telling stories, which also gets them ready to read!  

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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