Reviews for Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover

Booklist Reviews 2012 August #1
Rabbit and his pal Robot sure do have fun. When Robot arrives for a sleepover, Rabbit shows him his list of what they're going to do, which must be followed to a T. So they make pizza, watch TV, play Go Fish, and go to bed, with all kinds of hilarious hiccups along the way. The light ridiculousness of a machine and animal hanging out together provides plenty of yuks (Rabbit tops his pie with carrots and lettuce; Robot prefers bolts and screws), and Bell breaks up the easy-reading text with warm, goofy cartoon illustrations. Kids will welcome these new besties to their early-reading rotation. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Who knows how the orderly, methodical rabbit and the more spontaneous, cell-phone-shaped robot ever became friends, but their bond is tested over a slumber party in four entertaining, easy-to-read chapters. Picture clues creatively support new readers, and the clean design, including both spot art and full-page images, will help keep their attention. This is a lively, memorable affirmation of opposites-attract friendship.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 August #1
Make way for another endearing, odd-couple pair of friends in beginning-reader land. Rabbit takes a cue from forebear Toad and makes a list to plan his time with, not Frog, but Robot. According to his list, their sleepover includes plans to make pizza, watch television, play Go Fish and go to bed. Unlike Lobel's heroes in Frog and Toad Together, these friends do not lose their list, but tension ensues when Robot tries to add additional items (games of Old Maid and Crazy Eights) to the list. Even when they follow through on making pizza, Robot wishes for unorthodox toppings (nuts, bolts and screws) and ends up finding them by dismantling Rabbit's furniture. Rabbit is then reasonably worried about where they will eat their meal, but Robot has the good idea to spread a blanket on the floor and have a picnic. Similar scenarios ensue in subsequent chapters, with ample humor to augment the storytelling. The vocabulary, however, includes a few too many reaches for brand-new readers, and while the digital typeface used in parts of the text may evoke Robot's voice, it may prove distracting to not-yet-fluent readers. A good choice for those ready to launch into more advanced texts. (Early reader. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 July #2

Meet the newest odd couple in the early reader section: fussy, compulsive Rabbit and overly logical Robot. The book's four chapters, written almost entirely in dialogue, correspond to the plan for the friends' eagerly anticipated sleepover: make pizza, watch TV, play Go Fish, go to bed. But it's a list Rabbit generated without consulting his friend, so negotiations--delicate and otherwise--are the order of the day. The uni-wheeled, iPhone-shaped Robot wants to play Old Maid in addition to Go Fish; Rabbit insists it's "not on the list." Robot doesn't like the veggies that Rabbit offers as pizza toppings, and insists on taking apart Rabbit's furniture to get his favorite topping, nuts and bolts. But while Rabbit's hair-trigger temper and Robot's Vulcan mien seem like a recipe for disaster, each strong personality is willing to bend just enough--and even indulge in some comic self-reflection. Bell's (Itty Bitty) crisp, cheery cartooning adds visual punctuation and elaboration in all the right places, and she handles moments of both calamity and reconciliation with aplomb. Delightful. Ages 5-8. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September

K-Gr 2--Rabbit has his sleepover with Robot perfectly planned; he has even made a list of the night's activities: make pizza, watch TV, play Go Fish, go to bed. Unfortunately, Rabbit didn't plan on a few circumstances, such as Robot's preference for nuts and bolts on his pizza, which he procures by dismantling Rabbit's table and chairs, or the temporary misplacement of the remote control. Robot tries to remedy each situation to a degree. He lays out a blanket on the floor for a picnic supper, though Rabbit's table and chairs are never repaired. He also finds the remote control, bizarrely located in Rabbit's ear. In the end, it's Rabbit who helps Robot by replacing his failing batteries with new ones. The story has a few loose ends, but hilarious details such as Rabbit telling Robot to turn down his Volume Knob anytime he yells, and the sight of Rabbit and Robot both wearing Rabbit-shaped pajamas-Robot forgot his and had to borrow a pair-will attract the adoration of early chapter-book readers, who will undoubtedly hope for more from this duo.--Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI

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