Zoe and Robot, Let's Pretend


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.

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
A precocious girl teaches her robot friend the art of imagination. Cheerful Zoe, accessorized with a bubblegum-pink cat-eared cap, is determined to teach her friend Robot the art of playing pretend. Amassing a "mountain" of pillows, she suggests they "climb" to the top of the peak, though for literal Robot, this causes great difficulties; all he can see is a tottering pile of cushions. Through Zoe's sheer persistence and ingenuity, she carefully guides the robot into the world of imagination, and the pair spends a satisfying afternoon mountaineering indoors. Bright colors and oversize panels make this early reader graphic tale particularly attractive to younger readers. Fans of the TOON books (Stinky, by Eleanor Davis; Otto's Orange Day, by Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso, both 2008, etc.), should find this quirky buddy story equally appealing. Simultaneously releasing is the sweet—though only a shade less charming—Doggie Dreams, by Mike Herrod, which features a young boy and his pup, reminiscent of Sherman and Mister Peabody. Jake, the somnolent title canine, takes readers through his not-so-wild dreams: of eating people food, playing in a rock-and-roll band and being a brave knight and saving a damsel (er...dogsel?) in distress. As the two books share a similar page layout and palette, readers should be able to easily transition from one tale to the next. Darling. (Graphic early reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609050634
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Series: Balloon Toons Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 942,232
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Sias is a writer and illustrator. He storyboarded 20th Century Fox and Bluesky Studio's movie Robots and worked on the Children's Television Workshop show Pinky Dinky Doo. His cartoons have appeared in Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Found Magazine.

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