I’ll readily admit that I chose this book based on its cover. 
Spoiler: The inside is just as cute.

Title: A Robot in the Garden
Author: Deborah Install
Rating: 7.5


What would you do if you found a rickety robot sitting under a tree in your back garden?

For floundering 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and take it there to be fixed, even if it means risking his marriage in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot, Tang, to the far side of the globe…and back again. Together they will discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest circumstances, and that Artificial Intelligence can teach a man what it is to be human. (From dust jacket)


What I Liked:

Tang. Can I please have one? He’s adorable. Well, he’s annoying as all get out and stubborn enough to make Mother Teresa lose her cool, but adorable nonetheless.

Ben’s emotional journey was certainly interesting, but the part that really made me love the book was watching Tang “grow up.” Read it, you’ll see what I mean. As a mother it definitely had me nodding, smiling, and saying “Mmmhmm!”

There were some laugh-out-loud moments that were fantastic. I rarely laugh while reading a book, but this one got me going!

The climax was great. It was exciting, believable, and fun.


What I Didn’t Like:

Ben was pretty unlikeable at the beginning. Basically he was a big ole sack of lazy, and I didn’t really blame his wife for her reaction. I actually put down the book a few times and wasn’t sure if I was going to continue reading. But I’m glad I did!

Another thing that bothered me was again, at the beginning, where Ben had a peculiar habit of “noticing” things but then not doing anything about it. A broken gate, something missing, etc. Just pull yourself together, dude!

PG 13 for language. Not a lot, but just be aware.



Speaking of gardens, this year I plan on planting our garden specifically for honey bees. The poor little buzzers are mysteriously disappearing on a frighteningly large scale. Humans are most certainly the main reason for this, so we need to do our best to help them thrive again. 

Click here for an article about how to help our fat little striped friends.

And if you’d like to read this book for yourself, you can buy it here. If you click that handy little link then I get a small percent!


If R2D2 and Wall-E had a baby, it would be Tang.