Stop! Bot!
Stop! Bot!

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Annotation: In this funny picture book mystery for very young readers, a little boy out for a walk in the city with his family is helped by a friendly doorman to find his "bot," which has floated away like an escaped balloon.
Catalog Number: #209860
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-425-28881-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7629-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-425-28881-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7629-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019286433
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The residents of a tall, narrow apartment building, the shape of which is mirrored in the book's trim size, band together to try and catch a young boy's runaway bot. Technically more of a drone, this red, rectangular bot is topped with a black propeller that is taking it ever higher into the sky, despite cries of "Stop! Bot!" As the bot passes each floor's windows, the building's tenants lean out and try to snag it with everything from a giant spoon and long-handled broom to a baseball glove to a hungry-looking Venus flytrap. The illustrations resemble cut-paper collages, made with basic shapes and muted colors. Kids will have fun spotting the different apartment residents and guessing how they'll try to help the boy. Word repetition and short sentences, appearing exclusively as speech-bubble dialogue, make this picture book a great choice for beginning readers. An unexpected rooftop surprise will leave youngsters with a happy resolution and smiles on their faces.
Kirkus Reviews
It's a quiet day, until…."I have a bot!" An excited child's happiness is short-lived, for the remote-controlled toy escapes its wireless tether and begins an ascent up the side of a skyscraper. The building's doorman launches a race to recover the bot, and soon everyone wants to help. Attempts to retrieve the bot, which is rendered as a red rectangle with a propeller, arms, and a rudimentary face, go from the mundanity of a broom to the absurd—a bright orange beehive hairdo and a person-sized Venus' flytrap are just some of the silly implements the building's occupants use to try to rein in the bot. Each double-page spread reveals another level of the building—and further visual hijinks—as the bot makes its way to the top, where an unexpected hero waits (keep an eye out for falling bananas). The tall, narrow trim size echoes the shape of the skyscraper, providing a sense of height as the bot rises. Text is minimal; short declarations in tidy black dialogue bubbles with white courier-style typeface leave the primary-colored, blocky art to effectively carry the story. Facial expressions—both human and bot—are comically spot-on. The bot-owning child has light skin, and there are several people of color among those trying to rescue the bot. One person wears a kufi.The visual details invite interaction, making it a good choice for storytime or solo inspection. (Picture book. 2-6)
Publishers Weekly
The action in this urban interlude unfolds in front of a city apartment building whose narrow shape is echoed by the book-s tall, thin trim size. Yang (Bus! Stop!) constructs his spreads using a palette of brick red and sandstone, slate and cornflower blue. A family strolls by the building-s entrance, the younger brother flying a remote-controlled toy. -I have a bot!- he announces to the doorman. Suddenly the bot starts rising: -Stop! BOT!- the family cries. The doorman leaps into action and heads up the apartment steps. Outside the building, neighbors peer out of their windows, proposing ideas: -My broom may reach the bot!- one apartment dweller cries, poking a push broom out his window. The bot flies higher. -Can my fork and spoon snag your bot?- a cook says, making a grab with impossibly long implements. The camera angle rises from story to story; at the very top, the bowed legs of a large, furry creature come into view, the family-s unlikely rooftop savior-so long as there are bananas to trade. Yang works within the constraints of the building-s form to generate intriguing possibilities presented with clarity and wit. Ages 2-5. Agent: David Goldman, the David Goldman Agency. (July)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD250L

Winner of the 2020 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

In this very young picture book mystery, a little boy out for a walk with his family stops to show a building doorman his new "bot": "I have a bot!" Only he doesn't have it for long, because it floats up out of his hands like an escaped balloon. "Stop! Bot!" Springing to action, the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it -- along with the help of each floor's resident. But while everything looks normal at first, every floor (and resident) is a little more wacky and unusual than the last! Musicians, baseball players, zoo animals, and finally a very large monkey all play a part -- but will they rescue the Bot before it's too late?! Children will love all the funny details and easy-to-read words in this very playful picture book!

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