Quote of the Day:
"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. " - Kofi Annan
Let's take a look inside shall we? The illustrations are superb, detailed and enhance the text to the max.
My take on the book:
Jacob is a creative, innovative little boy who builds his very own robot from scraps. They bond immediately becoming inseparable through life experiences. They swim, attend school and travel the world together even exploring a galaxy far, far away. Then one day his beloved robot, which he names Rafa, becomes sick and quickly Jacob takes his best friend to a doctor to see what the problem is. The diagnosis turns out to be a low and diminishing battery. Jacob, feeling anxious and frightened, travels the world to get a replacement battery so he and his friend can resume their busy and fun-filled life together once again. Sadly he discovers that Rafa's battery is unique, one of a kind, and cannot be replaced. In the meantime poor Rafa gets weaker and weaker. Jacob returns to his friend who is fading away and sits by his bedside holding his hand until Rafa's time runs out. His dear companion's battery light permanently turns off and Jacob knows his friend has passed on. Jacob is heart broken and floods his world with tears of grief, mourning over the death of his best friend. Jacob, the creative boy that he is, finds a way to remember his robot forever and in so doing some of the joy and happiness that he shared with Rafa is brought back into his life.
This heartwarming story will open an honest and loving discuss as how to handle your emotions and feelings when someone very close to do you dies. You can then find solutions and ways to come to terms with the reality of that person (or pet) not coming back to share in your life anymore. I particularly love the illustrations that are so detailed and packed full of emotions and the hustle and bustle of life. I highly recommend this book.
About the author:
Alex began her career directing commercials and music videos for Mekano Film in Stockholm. Her fresh approach and distinctive flair caught the attention of Canadians in Cannes who encouraged her to return to Toronto. At present Alex shoots primarily in Canada and Mexico. In addition to her directional work, Alex devotes her time to writing children's books and screenplays. Her first children's book, Rafa Was My Robot, is published by Canadian publishing house, Annick Press, and will be launched worldwide this year. In her spare time, Alex volunteers as a hospice worker at a children's hospice in Toronto.
About the illustrator:
Book Review Rating: 8 (Fantastic!)
Read on and read always! Have an amazing day everyone!