Dreaming of friendship

January 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon; published by First Second Books, New York; 2007.

The innocent images of Dog and his Robot friend belie the depth of emotion in this wordless graphic novel.  Line art is highlighted with typical graphic novel colors, except when Dog and Robot share a day at the beach, which exhibits warm tones of a sunny day on water.  The passage of time is noted in the chapter titles, the passing of the seasons, and in the types of friends Dog finds as he tries to replace Robot.  The theme of friendship, loss and redemption will probably be lost on the youngest readers but will be accessible to children in upper elementary classes, along with their parents.

I would recommend this book to teachers to stimulate language art skills in storytelling.  I might use it in a program in which the children take turns narrating the story.

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