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Children's LiteratureThis Level 2 title in Harcourt's "Green Light Readers" series—aimed at the reader who is ready to GO—features a lively story about a boy and his robot, Cecil. Cecil can do lots of things: play tag with the kids at school, lead the school band, tidy up a bedroom, and bake a fantastic birthday cake, among many other things. But there is one thing Cecil does better than all these useful, fun things and that is, namely, being a boy's best friend. The bright, cheerful and charming illustrations by Fehlau take their cue from pointillism—they are fabulous! The pictures give life to all the funny possibilities presented in the text's scenarios and do this using a unique sort of 'robot cam' viewpoint. This hardcover book with reinforced binding will withstand repeated page turning and would be a nice addition to any home, library, or classroom bookshelves because the theme of this story will appeal to lots of kids. After all, who wouldn't want to have a robot of their very own? The book features a few extras: craft activity related to the story, along with some helpful tips for adults wishing to help their children to become a better reader. A winner for beginning readers! 2006, Harcourt, and Ages 5 to 7.