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ISBN13: 9781596431089
ISBN10: 1596431083
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This moving, charming graphic novel about a dog and a robot shows us in poignant detail how powerful and fragile relationships are. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves the robot rusted, immobilized in the sand, the dog must return alone to the life they shared. But the memory of their friendship lingers, and as the seasons pass, the dog tries to fill the emotional void left by the loss of his closest friend, making and losing a series of friends, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters.  But for the robot, lying rusting on the beach, the only relief from loneliness is in dreams. 

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"Robots, ducks, melting snowmen and other mute creatures, all rendered in sweet and simple drawings, go through some very big, very human ordeals in Varon's (Chicken and Cat) elegiac and lovely graphic novel about friendship. Dog buys a build-your-own-robot kit and assembles a new best friend for himself. But a day at the beach leaves Robot's joints rusted and immobile, and Dog is obliged to abandon him there. While Dog spends the next year trying to fill the hole in his life left by Robot — and assuage his guilt — Robot lies inert on the beach, dreaming of rescue and escape. Dog's episodic stories are particularly poignant in the way they mirror the human tendency to 'try things out' in the hopes of meeting some emotional need; Robot is an avatar for all children who wonder why they aren't receiving the love they think they deserve. In a conclusion both powerful and original, Robot ends up reworked into a radio by a raccoon grateful for the music, and forgives Dog, even if Dog doesn't realize it; for once characters don't have to wind up back together to find happiness. Tender, funny and wise. Ages 8-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This moving, charming, and wordless graphic novel about a dog and a robot shows in poignant detail how powerful and fragile relationships are, as it depicts 12 months in dreams and quiet moments in the life of a dog and a robot. Full color.

About the Author

Sara Varon is one of the rising stars in the indy comics scene: her simple, moving and instantly endearing artwork touches people's hearts. Her previous projects include the graphic novel Sweaterweather and the picture book Chicken and Cat (a 2006 Parent's Choice silver honor award winner). Originally from outside Chicago, Sara now resides in Brooklyn, where she likes to ride her bike, see movies, and hang out with dogs.

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Neil Andersen, July 26, 2008 (view all comments by Neil Andersen)
very interesting
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Emily Barrett, July 18, 2008 (view all comments by Emily Barrett)
Man, first I discover Brooklyn's Mo Willems, and now I find another author/illustrator from Brooklyn, Sara Varon. My 3-year-old loved this book. The format was novel enough for him to really be intrigued, and the story was satisfying for both of us. Excellent. Sweet. Highly recommended. Getting this and her Cat an Chicken book in the mail was like getting a little package of happiness. Oh, and the art is emotionally spot-on and the color is great.
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crowyhead, January 30, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is an awesome, poignant graphic novel told entirely in pictures. Dog wishes for companionship, and so he builds Robot, and the two become fast friends. But one day, during a trip to the beach, disaster strikes: Robot goes swimming, and becomes immobile due to rust. Unsure what to do, Dog leaves him. The rest of the story chronicles Dog's guilt and search for new friends, alternated with Robot's dreams as he lies on the beach. It's a very simple story, but it ends up wonderfully evoking friendship, loss, and self-discovery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596431089
Author:
Varon, Sara
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Cartoons and comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
CGN004000
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Science Fiction
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.51 x 6.07 x 0.55 in
Age Level:
08-UP

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Product details 208 pages First Second - English 9781596431089 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Robots, ducks, melting snowmen and other mute creatures, all rendered in sweet and simple drawings, go through some very big, very human ordeals in Varon's (Chicken and Cat) elegiac and lovely graphic novel about friendship. Dog buys a build-your-own-robot kit and assembles a new best friend for himself. But a day at the beach leaves Robot's joints rusted and immobile, and Dog is obliged to abandon him there. While Dog spends the next year trying to fill the hole in his life left by Robot — and assuage his guilt — Robot lies inert on the beach, dreaming of rescue and escape. Dog's episodic stories are particularly poignant in the way they mirror the human tendency to 'try things out' in the hopes of meeting some emotional need; Robot is an avatar for all children who wonder why they aren't receiving the love they think they deserve. In a conclusion both powerful and original, Robot ends up reworked into a radio by a raccoon grateful for the music, and forgives Dog, even if Dog doesn't realize it; for once characters don't have to wind up back together to find happiness. Tender, funny and wise. Ages 8-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This moving, charming, and wordless graphic novel about a dog and a robot shows in poignant detail how powerful and fragile relationships are, as it depicts 12 months in dreams and quiet moments in the life of a dog and a robot. Full color.
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