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Book Review

This beginning reader book by Cece Bell is published by Candlewick Press and is written for kids ages 5 to 9. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

When Robot arrives at Rabbit's house for a sleepover, the structure-oriented Rabbit has everything planned. His list includes making pizza, watching TV, playing Go Fish and going to bed, in that order. Robot reviews the list and asks if they can play Old Maid or Crazy Eights as well. Rabbit refuses, as these are not on the list.

As they prepare for dinner, Robot is not interested in the many vegetables Rabbit has pulled from the fridge for his pizza. He wants nuts, bolts and screws. When Rabbit says he doesn't have any, Robot takes the hardware from Rabbit's table and chairs. Rabbit begins to yell and throw things, asking where they're supposed to eat dinner now. Robot calmly prepares both his and Rabbit's pizzas. He finds a blanket and sets up a picnic.

Rabbit is placated and moves on to item No. 2: watch TV. He insists they watch Cowboy Jack Rabbit, but begins to panic when he can't find the TV remote. Robot tries to share important data with him, but Rabbit ignores his friend and persists in his frenzy. Robot finally makes Rabbit look in the mirror, and Rabbit sees the remote is behind his ear.

Later, they move down the list to play Go Fish. Robot is running out of steam and falls asleep. Rabbit finally realizes his friend needs more batteries. He gives Robot the batteries from the remote, and Robot is revived. After many card games, Robot is still wound up. Nevertheless, he complies with Rabbit's wishes that they do list item No. 4: go to bed. Robot reviews the day's data with Rabbit and shows what a good day it was, even though some things didn't go as planned.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

None

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • What are some parts of the sleepover that don't go the way Rabbit plans?
  • What are some ways the sleepover doesn't go the way Robot may have wanted?
  • How does each behave when his plans don't work out and he doesn't get his way?

  • What does Robot do while Rabbit yells and runs around the house?

  • Tell about a situation in your life that was difficult or that you were disappointed.
  • What are some good ways you can respond in a difficult or disappointing situation?

  • What fun things happened when Rabbit's plans fell through?

  • Tell about a time with friends or family that was especially memorable because something happened that was unexpected or unplanned.

Additional Comments/Notes


This review is brought to you by Focus on the Family, a donor-based ministry. Book reviews cover the content, themes and world-views of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

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