Boot is a delightful new story for young readers. Your children are guaranteed to fall in love with this charming robot, as will you if you’re reading it together with your child as I was.

Boot is a robot, but it has a problem as it only has two and a half glitchy memories. Though Boot may be small, its about to go on a big adventure in search of its home. Despite not knowing why it wakes up in a scrapyard, it remembers its lost owner Beth and is trying everything it can think of to get back to her.

This robot will make you laugh at times, like when its struggling to come to terms with the fact that its emotions make it different to the other robots. It may even make you cry, as you see how much it yearns to be reunited with the little girl who it loves.

Boot will meet many new friends along the way, friends like Noke and Red, other advanced robots who can also think, and who will try to help it on its journey to find Beth. It will also meet more than its fair share of enemies, but this little Robot-O-Fun, your Favourite FunTime Pal, will surprise you as it overcomes all odds to continue its quest.

I loved reading Boot to Amy, I enjoyed the descriptive writing and I loved that author Shane Hegarty used higher level word choices that kids may be hearing for the first time, really giving children an opportunity to increase their vocabulary. The illustrations by Ben Mantle, although black and white, are also wonderful to bring the story to life and help to keep young readers engrossed with the quest.

Boot is a heartwarming story about friendship that includes a big adventure with talking fridges and a robot dog that will make you giggle. It’s the perfect choice for reading together with young readers and for early readers to enjoy reading alone, and being the first in a new series we can all look forward to more adventures soon!

Boot is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R165. It’s recommended for children aged seven to nine years.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan for introducing us to Boot.

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