BOOT small robot, BIG adventure

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 19 May 2019

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In a world where everyone wants the newest, most up to date robot, Boot wakes his way to the crusher with only 2 and a half memories. Determined to escape to find the girl from these memories, Boot sets off on an adventure that will see him chased by a drone, hiding in a sale basket in a store, enlisting the help of smart dishwashers and befriending a beautiful robot who could combust anytime! The question is, will he make it back home? And if he does what kind of welcome will be waiting for him?
I loved this story and I won’t hesitate to suggest it to year 3 as a story for next year. With short chapters and line drawings, Boot was an easy read and in an age where people want the newest most up to date phones and gadgets it made me think about how easily we throw things away, Boot had me giggling and crying...just what I’m looking for in a book and had some really touching moments. It will stay with me for a while, after all, there’s never been a robot made me cry before! I loved Boots personality and determination and this story could be used to show children that they can face any obstacles they encounter, especially if they’re surrounded by friends.

I received an eARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Robot's (flawed) point of view story, sweet and moving

With a feel of Toy Story and Spy Toys about it, this will grab an audience with children who enjoy stories about toys coming to life.

Boot is a toy robot, and upon regaining consciousness and a few scraps of memories when he wakes up in a scrapyard, knows his owner Beth loved him and he must make his way back to her... if he knew where to start.

Meeting other robots like himself - who seem to actually 'feel' things, collecting friends Wizard-of-Oz-style, they will work together to achieve something for them all.

Viewing the world through the eyes of AI, Boot remains true to his beliefs through his adventures, with an evil (bit of a forced villain but never mind) scrapyard man on his tail. His new friends each have their own quirk and 'need', and only together will they each be able to realise their dream.

There's a sense of humour about Boot: "My head is built to hold millions of memories, and I also have extra space in my left butt-cheek, in case of emergencies (for Brits, Kryten in Red Dwarf comes to mind!).

It's sweet, with a slightly overly saccharine ending, but young readers will enjoy this. 

For ages 8-12.

With thanks to Netgalley for the sample reading copy.
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This is a charming story about finding out where you come from, where you belong and who your true friends are!
Boot is a discarded, broken robot about to be ground into pieces.  Finding an inner strength, he survives and goes on the run from a robot hating man named Flint.  Flint wants to destroy robots so they won't take his job.

Along the journey Boot meets some friendly robots who live in hiding in an amusement arcade.  They are no longer the newest, best or shiniest robots and have been replaced over time.  

Noke, Red and Poochy join Boot on his quest to find his way home to a little girl called Beth.  With only 2 and a half memories, it is a difficult journey to know where to go.  Noke is nearly out of battery, Red could burst into flames at any moment and Poochy lands on his head a lot.....but they prove themselves to be loyal and daring friends.  

This is a wonderful story of a broken robot with a big heart.  Boot is funny, loyal and brave.  

I look forward to seeing the illustrations that will join the text- if the cover is anything to go by, they will be amazing.  This is a great chapter book for those young readers wanting more than just a picture book.

With a further 2 books in the series planned I look forward to seeing what adventures Boot, Noke, Red and Poochy have, and what new robots we may meet along the way.  Although watch out for Flint as I don't think we have seen the last of him!
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This is just a lovely adventure where a little robot wakes up with 2.5 memories and a feeling he needs his owner. Boot has feelings, unlike most of his fellow robots, and is struggling to cope in the big bad world.

He meets a ragtag bunch of fellow sentients and together they face some mild peril, before a very happy ending reinforcing the value of friendship and independence.

The illustrations are mostly missing from my proof copy, but those that are there are stunning. Boot is emotive and just SOOOO CUTE!
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I absolutely love this book. Not only is it a quick and accessible read, it’s packed with ideas , humour and heart. It ends on such a moving and triumphant note and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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