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Publisher's Note:

When young Code falls down a hole while following a mysterious robotic insect, he lands in a world that defies all imagination. Everything in Mekhos is made from metal and circuitry, including the citizens-who happen to be robots. To find his way home, Code must first cross Mekhos's bizarre and dangerous landscape to reach the Beam Stalk. There, an artifact known as the Robonomicon is being guarde…

A Boy and His Bot

by Daniel H. Wilson

Overall Book Review:

A Boy and His Bot is a book with boy written all over it!  Although anyone who enjoys imaginitive play would find a kindred spirit in the author, Daniel Wilson.  This story is not about the writing style, but rather about possibilities and an adventure.  As a result, the dialogue is basic and the characters, though likeable, aren’t particularly developed.  The free-flow of ideas in this book made it seem like the author wrote completely uninhibited and had a lot of fun letting the imagination go.  There were a couple of laugh out-loud moments and a few gems that I won’t divulge since they would be spoilers.  There is not a lot of true science fiction for younger readers so A Boy and His Bot is a welcome addition to the age category.

Providing an age recommendation for this book was tricky as the book may have somewhat of an audience identity crisis.  The first part of the book and the overall plot progression definitely fit a younger audience.  However the vocabulary was advanced and the ultimate resolution was cerebral–fitting an older reader audience.  Probably the perfect reader for this book is an elementary school student reading at a high lexile level–especially one who loves robots!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character pushes another character; a character sings a song that talks about violent actions; walls are smashed; robots are dissolved by other robots; robots and robotic creatures battle; a character dies; a robot fights a character in extended 5 page scene mainly depicting struggling (blood is briefly mentioned); character receives eyeball upgrade.

Sex/Nudity:  A character’s pants fall down.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family member; bullying; war.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!