FICTION

Rabbit & Robot

The Sleepover
September 2012. 56p. 978-0-76365-547-7. 14.99.
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K-Gr 2–Rabbit has his sleepover with Robot perfectly planned; he has even made a list of the night’s activities: make pizza, watch TV, play Go Fish, go to bed. Unfortunately, Rabbit didn’t plan on a few circumstances, such as Robot’s preference for nuts and bolts on his pizza, which he procures by dismantling Rabbit’s table and chairs, or the temporary misplacement of the remote control. Robot tries to remedy each situation to a degree. He lays out a blanket on the floor for a picnic supper, though Rabbit’s table and chairs are never repaired. He also finds the remote control, bizarrely located in Rabbit’s ear. In the end, it’s Rabbit who helps Robot by replacing his failing batteries with new ones. The story has a few loose ends, but hilarious details such as Rabbit telling Robot to turn down his Volume Knob anytime he yells, and the sight of Rabbit and Robot both wearing Rabbit-shaped pajamas–Robot forgot his and had to borrow a pair–will attract the adoration of early chapter-book readers, who will undoubtedly hope for more from this duo.-Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI

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