Bitty Bot

illus. by Tad Carpenter. 32p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481449298.
PreS-K-Bitty Bot is a young robot who just isn't ready to power down when bedtime comes. Instead, Bitty Bot grabs some tools, builds a rocket, and travels to a faraway place with new creature friends and an all-hours dance party. When Bitty Bot does finally fall asleep—clearly in bed at home under the loving eye of parents—it's suggested that these rocket-fueled adventures may just have been the imaginings of a child trying for a later bedtime. The robotic adventure, real or imagined, makes for a fun, fanciful bedtime tale. McCanna refrains from using any gendered pronouns to refer to Bitty Bot, allowing all young readers to clearly see themselves in the creative characters. The nighttime hues of the majority of the spreads—lush teals, ceruleans, and lavenders—create a lovely, calming visual experience made all the richer by the contrast of the warm, bright colors of the daytime world.
VERDICT Those looking for more preschool bedtime stories will find this a great addition to your stacks.-Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library, IL

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