Synopses & Reviews
Could two little boys who scare each other silly ever become friends?
When Alik and Boi accidentally bump into each other at the pond, they arent exactly thrilled. In fact, theyre terrified! Boi thinks Alik is a swamp monster, and Alik thinks Boi is a space alien. Both run home in a panic to share their news, but their families dont believe them. If only Alik and Boi can drum up the courage to venture back outside, they just might cross paths again and realize how much they have in common.
With an encouraging message about second chances and looking past appearances, this delightfully absurd story about two very different-looking adventurers is full of laugh-out-loud, action-packed fun. Its perfect for fans of funny books like Shark vs. Train and Children Make Terrible Pets.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The story includes more than 20 fun words like 'shenanigans' and 'defenestration' set in bold type; their definitions are on the endpapers."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Here's hoping that there are more kerfuffles and shenanigans in the future for this undeniably delightful duo."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"This is the perfect way to introduce bigger words to your littlest kids, which is great if you're feeling tricksy."
and#8212;The Huffington Post
One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.
But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't 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.
Mischief and mayhem abound in this exuberantly illustrated ode to friendship.
Petey is enjoying a peaceful afternoon of gardening when his good friend Pru starts to cause trouble. Petey reacts in turn, and before long, things have escalated from a scuffle to a tussle to a true hullabaloo!
This beautifully illustrated story about the true meaning of friendship is packed with excitement and near disaster as well as vocabulary-expanding words that are fun to say and thrilling to master. Glossary.
About the Author
Ammi-Joan Paquette's previous books includeand#160;The Tiptoe Guide to Trackingand#160;Fairies
and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids,and#160;
as well asand#160;the middle-grade novel Nowhere Girl.
She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, and can be found atand#160;www.ajpaquette.com.
Joy Ang is the illustrator of I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos. She lives in Edmonton, Canada. Please visit her website at www.joyang.ca.