First Second, 2007
Richly endearing and full of surprises, Robot Dreams follows an ill-fated friendship between a dog and robot. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves Robot rusty and immobilized in the sand, Dog, unsure what to do, abandons him. As the seasons pass, Dog tries to replace his friend, making and losing a series of new ones, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. Meanwhile, Robot passes his time daydreaming, escaping to better places...Through interwoven journeys, the two characters long to recover from their day at the beach.
Although its adorable characters and playful charm will win over young readers, Robot Dreams speaks universally to the fragile nature of friendship, loss, and redemption.
I loved the pictures in this book and it was an interesting story. However, I found the story depressing. I don’t know how a child would feel about what happens in this book. The dog needs a friend, so he buys a robot. They go to the beach, and the dog lets the robot swim. Oops.
The dog does try to help the robot, but his efforts don’t usually work out the best. It did have a semi-happy ending but I was more focused on the sad part of the story.