by Sara Varon. New York, NY: First Second, 2010
A moving book about how friendship can be both strong and fragile. Dog builds a robot and they become friends, but after a day at the beach he rusts and Dog (not being able to move his friend), leaves him on the beach. Eleven months pass. Dog learns to live with his loss as Robot dreams of the good days.
Awards include: starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal; Kirkus Best Book of the Year; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; ALSC Notable Children's Book; YALSA Great Graphic Novel.