Synopses & Reviews
“Let me carry you,” said the Robot.
“Ill carry you in my heart, and shelter you from the cold and storms.”
High atop a pile of rubbish sits a lonely Robot with a broken heart. Then one winters day, a Bluebird appears, fighting against the freezing wind. When the Robot offers her a home in the empty space where his heart used to be, neither of them can predict what astonishing things will happen. Together the newfound friends set off on a memorable journey that will change them both.
This fable-like tale, bursting with bright, winsome illustrations, is a fresh take on the timeless themes of friendship and second chances.
"A Tin Man like robot with a broken heart finds purpose in one of two books this fall by Lucas (Halibut Jackson) to feature an ingenuous creature navigating an uncertain world (the other is Candlewick's Peanut, about a confused monkey). In a depersonalized factory, working robots attempt to fix what remains of the central character's heart two springs and an open door before sending him to the scrap heap with 'all the other old machines.' When snow falls, a bluebird lands on his shoulder, and the robot builds her a nest in the space where his heart used to be. Rejuvenated, the robot carries the bluebird south across industrial wastelands to rejoin her multicolored flock. In characteristically elaborate, warmly lit illustrations, Lucas uses sharp geometrical forms as the basis for his urban scenes; against this backdrop, the bird's more organic form is a welcome contrast. Even with a corny line or two, this book's genuine sweetness will easily win over readers.Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“This books genuine sweetness will easily win over readers.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly
“Lucas uses color effectively to reflect the protagonists emotions, with black and whites giving way to color washes.”—School Library Journal
“Lucas, a master at quirky and imaginative premises, gives us one of his finest books in this touching, perfectly simple tale about true devotion.” —Rocky Mountain News
“This is an adorable book!” —Sacramento Book Review
“Readers own hearts will soar after reading this story of true devotion.” —Rocky Mountain News
“Lucas produces his most meditative work to date . . . A quiet beauty permeates this old-fashioned story.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Colorful, folk-art birds on the endpapers draw readers into this fairy-tale-like story.” —Booklist
A lonely robot befriends a bluebird in this fable-like tale, bursting with bright, winsome illustrations. Lucas's book is a fresh take on the timeless themes of friendship and second chances. Full color.
About the Author
DAVID LUCAS studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London, England. He has written and illustrated several picture books, including Halibut Jackson, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives in London.