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 Little Robot alone
 Author: MacLachlan, Patricia

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 23 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 595033 ISBN: 9780544442801
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Loneliness -- Fiction
 Robots -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

Summary:
When Little Robot finds a creative solution to his loneliness he gets straight to work on shaping the perfect companion out of metal, and affectionately names him Little Dog.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Charest, Emily MacLachlan
 Illustrator: Phelan, Matt
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 501781

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/18)
   School Library Journal (06/01/18)
   Booklist (04/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2018 Little Robot lives alone in an idyllic setting: “a white house on a green hill by a blue pond.” He communes daily with the fish, the birds, and the squirrels near his home, but that simply isn’t enough to assuage his loneliness. One night, he has a dream that helps him realize he might be able to remedy his situation. He acts on those thoughts the very next day and sets about making a friend, though not in the usual manner. The main character is pictured as a pleasant-looking, rotund robot with an electrical outlet in his chest—for recharging his battery—and a toaster for a head. Included within the text are rhyming couplets shown in green ink, a repeated refrain that describes Little Robot’s activities. Sweet pastel illustrations, in a variety of sizes from vignettes to double-page spreads, are appealing and depict the characters’ movements and emotions. Young children will be pleased with the outcome and with Little Robot’s ingenuity in solving his problem. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—Little Robot is content enough in his cozy house. Every morning he puts on his tracks (think bulldozer "feet"), charges his battery, and sings his cheerful breakfast song. He goes outside and takes in the birds flying over, the squirrels racing, and the fish splashing. But there's just one problem: he's lonely. Inspired by a dream, he makes a friend for himself—Little Dog, a fellow robot who, after a few tweaks, is the perfect companion. This gentle tale is just right for the set who are interested in gadgets but still like a warm friendship story. Phelan's steampunk-tinged, soft watercolors beautifully depict Little Robot's country idyll as well as show details of the workshop where Little Dog comes to life. VERDICT A great bedtime read, and one to try along with Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" tales for a storytime about friendship.—Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, Jackson Heights, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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