Caramel is going to have a new teacher this school year, and so Sprinkles thought he might find it amusing to read about a little boy who thinks his teacher is a robot. Below Caramel talks about his thoughts on My Teacher is a Robot by Jeffrey Brown. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: I thought you might find this book about a little boy and his teacher amusing Caramel.
Caramel: Yes. I did find it fun to read. It was funny.
S: What is it about?
C: A little boy named Fred and his teacher Mr. Bailey.
S: So what happens to Fred and Mr. Bailey?
C: Fred keeps thinking that Mr. Bailey is a robot.
C: I don’t know.
S: Does Mr. Bailey look like a robot?
C: No but they can make robots that look like humans.
S: Ok, so what about Mr. Bailey makes Fred concerned?
C: I don’t know really.
S: I guess Fred likes to live in an imaginary world, doesn’t he?
C: Yes. This imaginary world is super duper funny. For example, when Mr. Bailey tells them it’s time for history, Fred gets excited and imagines the class pet gold fish is a pre-historic sea creature.
S: Yes, that part is exceptionally funny, right? When Mr. Bailey says history, Fred thinks maybe they’ll talk about dinosaurs. Do they?
C: No. They do the history of Japan.
S: You know some things about the history of Japan, don’t you Caramel?
C: Yep. I even reviewed a book about samurai on this blog.
S: Yes, that was a neat book and a neat review. So when they are talking about Japan, what happens to the classroom?
C: The kids do all sorts of things about Japan. Two of them do a tea ceremony. Then there is a cherry blossom tree and a samurai, and a sumo wrestler. Or at least a kid named Scooter who says:
Who wants to sumo wrestle?
S: And the whole room transforms, right? Do you think there is an actual cherry tree in the classroom?
C: No, I think it’s all stuff Fred is imagining.
S: Or maybe Fred and his classmates all together, right? There is a little girl (I think her name is Charlotte) sitting in the middle of a sand meditation garden. Do you think that that meditation garden is really in the classroom?
C: No. Of course not.
S: Do you think Charlotte is really riding a unicorn at the very end and the mud monsters are really attacking the kids when they’re in the playground?
C: No! They are all pretend. But they could actually have made the mud monsters themselves, right?
S: Yeah, that’s true.
S: So do you think Mr. Bailey is really a robot?
C: No. I don’t think so.
S: Well maybe that’s just another way Fred makes his life more interesting. If your teacher is a robot, then school becomes a bit more ….
C: Interesting! But I’m not sure I want my teacher to be a robot.
S: I’m quite sure you do not have to worry about that. You’re meeting your new teacher very soon, right?
C: Yes. I already know her name, but I don’t know much else about her.
S: Well, I think you at least know she’s not a robot.
C: Actually I don’t. Eek!
S: Ok, Caramel. How about we wrap up this review here and then you report back when you figure it all out and tell us if your new teacher is a robot or not?
C: Ok. Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!
P.S. added August 29 2019: Caramel is happy to report that no, his new teacher is not a robot, and is in fact a really nice person.