Love, Z

Jessie Sima

Book - 2018

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

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New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2018]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Main Author
Jessie Sima (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

One afternoon, Z (a young robot) stumbles upon a green glass bottle containing a smudged message with the curious closing, "Love, Beatrice." Love is a word that doesn't make sense to the little bot, and when Z asks their family what it means, the older robots' eyes flash green and "Does Not Compute" glows largely above their heads. The next day, Z strikes out into the peachy sunrise, determined to find this Beatrice, who must know the answer to the question. The robot teams up with feline boat captain, and the pair make their way down a winding river, asking everyone they meet whether they are Beatrice (negative for the beaver, turtle, and scarecrow), though a number offer their take on love. Finally, they come to a cozy house in the middle of a lake, home to none other than Beatrice. Z explains their quest, and the trio spends a lovely evening together, but it's not until Z's robot family arrives in a panic looking for them that love finally computes. A gentle, uplifting adventure about love's many incarnations. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Z, a robot with a boxy head, pincer arms, and kind, yellow eyes, discovers a message in a bottle that's "too smudgy to read," but ends, "Love, Beatrice." The robot seeks out the meaning of the two words, but the robots in its family cannot compute its meaning. With a paper hat atop its head and a bindle over one shoulder, Z journeys via cat-helmed boat through a narrow waterway, meeting a beaver, a turtle, and a crow feeding its chicks: "Love is sharing your food, even when it's delicious," the crow says. A friendly baker shares her definition of love, and children on a playground have their own ideas: "Love is lawn gnomes!" and "Love is wishing on a star!" The varying definitions don't add up for Z, who worries about understanding love's meaning. Characteristic illustrations by Sima (Not Quite Narwhal) playfully juxtapose friendly, angular robot characters with sunny meadows and cozy residences. Love, the robot finally learns, can be many different things—and sometimes it's closer to home than one realizes. Ages 4–8. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3–A young robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed "Love, Beatrice" and is determined to find Beatrice, hoping she will help reveal the meaning of this mysterious word: love. Along the way, Z encounters many people and animals, none of whom are Beatrice, but they all are happy to help Z figure out the meaning of love. "Love is sharing your food even when it's delicious" says the crow. "Love is wishing on a star" says a child at recess. "Love is lawn gnomes!" says another. Absolutely none of these answers compute for Z. Just when Z is about to give up, they finally meet Beatrice and she explains that "love is difficult to explain" but that "you'll know it when you feel it." With a little help from the other robots, Z finally understands. They find their way back home, where love was waiting all along. Sima's cheerful, digital illustrations radiate warmth as they depict adorable Z's journey. This sweet and humorous story reminds readers that love can be found in familiar things like a bedtime story, a night light, and a goodnight kiss. VERDICT This tender and entertaining story is recommended for all libraries.—Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Resolving to discover what love is after finding a mysterious note in a bottle, a little robot is unable to get answers from the bigger robots and embarks on a search for the note's writer. By the creator of Not Quite Narwhal. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of 'love.'When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed 'Love, Beatrice," they decide to find out what 'love' means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice'and back home again, where love was hiding all along.