Published by Clarion Books
Summary: Ultrabot lives with its professor in a top secret lab…which happens to be right next door to the home of a girl named Becky. When the professor tells Ultrabot that she’s arranged for the robot to have a playdate with Becky, Ultrabot is worried, imagining Becky as a giant hairy monster. But when Becky shows up the next day, the two enjoy playing with a ball and drawing. At lunchtime, they discover that they both like having the crusts cut off of their sandwiches…even if Ultrabot’s sandwich happens to be made of diesel fuel and requires a welder to trim off the crusts. The two friends can hardly wait for their next playdate, and the last picture shows Becky opening her front door to see Ultrabot’s giant eye peering inside. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Kids will love Ultrabot and get a laugh out of his giant toys that correspond to their own stuff. The message that it’s okay to feel anxious about a new situation and that it usually works out just fine is delivered with lots of humor and sympathy.
Cons: Ultrabot is roughly the size of Becky’s house, so it’s not clear how that second playdate will work out.