Zoe and Robot, let's pretend

Ryan Sias

Book - 2011

A young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend.

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Series
Balloon toons
Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Readers (Publications)
Published
Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
ISBN
9781609050634
1609050630
Main Author
Ryan Sias (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Zoe wants to do some pretend mountain climbing with Robot, but, as Robot says, "Robot is a robot. Robots do not know how to pretend." Zoe does everything she can to teach Robot how to make believe, using hiking clothes and a fan to simulate the breeze, then finally resorting to painting special goggles for Robot. The colorful art and simple panel designs make it easy to follow the story, while different lettering for Zoe's and Robot's speeches help readers see at a glance who is talking (Robot also eschews contractions and refers to itself in the third person). Beginning readers can easily catch the visual cues that help them interpret the simple dialogue, and they will enjoy the humor of a robot dressing up and learning how to play pretend. This entry in the Balloon Toons line is a fun, easy-to-read graphic novel for beginning readers. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Advertised as being for "new readers," this comic-style picture book will still challenge with words like "avalanche." The story is short and cute, repeatedly discussing the importance of imagination. Zoe, a girl with a pink cap, tries to entice her robot friend to play a game of pretend with her. Why she has a robot friend is never explained, and the robot struggles with the idea of pretend because it takes everything literally. When Zoe takes it to a pile of pillows so they can "climb a mountain," the robot is more than willing to point out it's only a pile of pillows. Eventually the story goes full circle and the robot does understand the importance of imagination, and all of their combined fun is safely done inside the house. Sias provides whimsical art in the Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network style, while providing enough imagination to go along with the story. Ages 6–9. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

n Ryan Sias's Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend, a young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In Ryan Sias's Zoe and RobotLet's Pretend, a young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship.