Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Little Robot by Ben Hatke


ABOUT THE BOOK

When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day!

#1 New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

REVIEW

Hatke has created another winner here with his adorable little robot and the little girl that befriends him.  The little girl likes to hang out in the junkyard close to her mobile home.  With her special mechanical talents, she tries to help her friend, but when he tries to leave, she tries to find a way to get him to stay.  Unfortunately, the little robot's owner wants him back and sends a big villain robot to get him back.  The girl is forced to use all her skills to save both her friend and herself, although she does have a little unexpected help.  The nearly wordless story is told beautifully through the bright colorful illustrations.  The intricate story winds its way through the meeting of the two main characters and their personal desires, the girl for a friend, the robot for others like himself.  The little girl gets so desperate to hang on to her friend that she locks him up while she tries to build some robots, but things don't exactly work out.  I have to admire the variety of different robots that appear in the story (especially the robot hand that helps the girl).  I highly recommend this graphic story for young readers and even older ones are bound to enjoy it.

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