Stop! Bot!

by James Yang (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Winner of the 2020 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

In this very young picture book mystery, a little boy out for a walk with his family stops to show a building doorman his new "bot": "I have a bot!" Only he doesn't have it for long, because it floats up out of his hands like an escaped balloon. "Stop! Bot!" Springing to action, the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it -- along with the help of each floor's resident. But while everything looks normal at first, every floor (and resident) is a little more wacky and unusual than the last! Musicians, baseball players, zoo animals, and finally a very large monkey all play a part -- but will they rescue the Bot before it's too late?! Children will love all the funny details and easy-to-read words in this very playful picture book!

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A great choice for beginning readers. An unexpected rooftop surprise will leave youngsters with a happy resolution and smiles on their faces.

Publishers Weekly

The action in this urban interlude unfolds in front of a city apartment building whose narrow shape is echoed by the book's tall, thin trim size. Yang (Bus! Stop!) constructs his spreads using a palette of brick red and sandstone, slate and cornflower blue. A family strolls by the building's entrance, the younger brother flying a remote-controlled toy. "I have a bot!" he announces to the doorman. Suddenly the bot starts rising: "Stop! BOT!" the family cries. The doorman leaps into action and heads up the apartment steps. Outside the building, neighbors peer out of their windows, proposing ideas: "My broom may reach the bot!" one apartment dweller cries, poking a push broom out his window. The bot flies higher. "Can my fork and spoon snag your bot?" a cook says, making a grab with impossibly long implements. The camera angle rises from story to story; at the very top, the bowed legs of a large, furry creature come into view, the family's unlikely rooftop savior--so long as there are bananas to trade. Yang works within the constraints of the building's form to generate intriguing possibilities presented with clarity and wit. Ages 2-5. Agent: David Goldman, the David Goldman Agency. (July)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--In this book, a boy is enjoying flying his robot outside. He suddenly loses track of the flying bot and desperately wants to get it back. The residents of a building attempt to help him get his robot back as it sails higher and higher alongside the building. Each neighbor uses a unique method to try and stop the bot. These include a trombone, a brush, and silverware among others. These varying methodologies embody the diversity of the hobbies and identities of the people living in the building. The childlike nature of the book's illustrations make them visually inviting for young children. Geometric shapes are used to illustrate the buildings and windows, and bright pastel colors are blended with vibrant primary colors to create a soft and pleasant look. VERDICT Yang depicts a group of people from different backgrounds working together to complete a task in this eye catching text; a solid title on teamwork and unity.--Deanna Smith, Pender County Public Library, NC

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James Yang
James Yang's prize-winning work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Graphis, Newsweek, Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author/illustrator of A Boy Named Isamu, Stop! Bot!, Bus! Stop!, Joey and Jet, Joey and Jet in Space, and Puzzlehead. The designer of "Clockman," a sculpture on display at the National Museum of American History, Mr. Yang and his wife live in New York City.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 23, 2019
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV056000 - Juvenile Fiction | Robots
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Winner 2020 - 2020

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