Robot Dreams

(2007)
Robot Dreams

 

In Robot Dreams, Dog wants a friend, so he orders a robot which comes in a box, which Dog then assembles.  The two visit the library, eat popcorn, check out travel books, and visit the beach where they frolic in the water.  Robot rusts through and is immobile.  Dog is sadly forced to leave Robot behind.  He find many new friends, but no one like Robot.  Robot experiences all the seasons and discovers himself being sold for scrap.  Dog purchases another boxed robot for a friend (which he stops from going into the water at the beach), and a raccoon discover Robot's head at the scrapyard which he re-purposes into a radio-friend.  This wordless graphic novel reads quickly and the reader can easily tell the emotions of the characters.

This book received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly.  It found its way onto Kirkus' Best Books list.  Graphic novels are fun for reluctant readers and proficient readers alike, and this book receives high praise from me.

 

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