Hello. Something just popped into my head out of nowhere, a book (possibly a series of books?) I once checked out from the children’s section of a library. My memory’s too hazy to pin the precise date but, given my blasé approach to age appropriateness, I might’ve been anywhere from six to nine — so likely between 1987 and ’90. But maybe later or, hell, earlier, if it was more like a children’s storybook than I remember.
The plot involved a boy who received a sentient/strong-AI companion robot, a human facsimile accurate except for being unable to bend at the knees. The robot might have been a gift to help him cope with losing a family member, and I seem to recall the protagonist taking time to warm up to the robot but eventually accepting him as a friend.
Not a whole lot of detail, sorry. Does this ring a bell? Google searches haven’t turned up anything for me. There’s also a nonzero probability that my mind is playing tricks on me, and I’m misremembering some pastiche of another book or movie or something.
Edit: On re-read, it sounds suspiciously like Bradbury’s I Sing the Body Electric except with a brother instead of a grandmother. But I’m almost certain that’s not it.