From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”
When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.
Z, a robot with a boxy head, pincer arms, and kind, yellow eyes, discovers a message in a bottle that's "too smudgy to read," but ends, "Love, Beatrice." The robot seeks out the meaning of the two words, but the robots in its family cannot compute its meaning. With a paper hat atop its head and a bindle over one shoulder, Z journeys via cat-helmed boat through a narrow waterway, meeting a beaver, a turtle, and a crow feeding its chicks: "Love is sharing your food, even when it's delicious," the crow says. A friendly baker shares her definition of love, and children on a playground have their own ideas: "Love is lawn gnomes!" and "Love is wishing on a star!" The varying definitions don't add up for Z, who worries about understanding love's meaning. Characteristic illustrations by Sima (Not Quite Narwhal) playfully juxtapose friendly, angular robot characters with sunny meadows and cozy residences. Love, the robot finally learns, can be many different things and sometimes it's closer to home than one realizes. Ages 4 8.