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Grades 3 - 8Grade 6n/a5.9n/a

In this universal story of friendship, loss, and redemption, a dog and a robot become friends. But their days of friendship are numbered.

This moving, charming graphic novel about a dog and a robot shows us in poignant detail how powerful and fragile relationships are. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves the robot rusted, immobilized in the sand, the dog must return alone to the life they shared. But the memory of their friendship lingers, and as the seasons pass, the dog tries to fill the emotional void left by the loss of his closest friend, making and losing a series of friends, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. But for the robot, lying rusting on the beach, the only relief from loneliness is in dreams.

This new paperback edition of Robot Dreams by Sara Varon includes new backmatter, including a Q&A with the author, behind-the-scenes sketches, and more.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A PW Best Book of the Year
An ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A YALSA Great Graphic Novel

“Tender, funny and wise.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Invested with true emotion.” ―Booklist, starred review

“By turns funny and poignant . . . it will stay with readers long after they put it down.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Sophisticatedly understated, with subtle gestural cues and colors in a minor key, yet the blossoming friendship between the dog and the robot is unmistakably joyful.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Paperback, 224 pages
Published on February 2, 2016 by Square Fish
ISBN-10: 1250073502
ISBN-13: 9781250073501
8 Book Reviews
  • adeikwhi0
    adeikwhi0about 6 years
    It is sad but it is also good
    • bluehorse3
      bluehorse3over 6 years22 stars
      This book was really sad, but it was kind-of good. If you like sad graphic novels then this is your book, but if you like feeling happy at the end of the book then you shouldn't read this book. And BTW that wasn't a spoiler!
      • quinn03
        quinn03over 8 years
        Even though this book doesn't have any words, it explains alot. A dog orders a robot, and that robot is the dogs friend. They then go to the beach. The Robot must stay. He has rusted. The dog feels sad. Later, he gets everything he needs to fix his friend. The beach is then closed for the season. Three rabbits were sailing, but the boat had a hole! They fled to the nearest land, the beach. They saw the robot, then used one of his toes to fix the boat. Meanwhile, the dog seeks new friends. And in the end, the dog and the robot go different paths. This book has interesting pictures that I enjoy.
        • mlawesome
          mlawesomeover 9 years55 stars
          It's Really Good
          • liberb73
            liberb73over 9 years55 stars
            It's a book with no words, and it's AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
            • mlawesome
              mlawesomeover 9 years55 stars
              It is a really good book with I think no words in it
              • brrobinson
                brrobinsonover 9 years55 stars
                Robot Dreams looks fun to read so i read it
                • michelle34
                  michelle34about 10 years
                  I wold love to read this book it looks cool.Robots are cool!