Little Robot -Ben Hatke


23310721Little Robot by Ben Hatke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 5+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Children’s, Robots, Friendship

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BLURB:

Life outside the robot factory is confusing.

Little Robot has a lot to learn…

And that’s what friends are for.

But with danger in the way, will friendship be enough to save them?

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I am in awe of Ben Hatke. There is barely any dialog in this graphic novel, and yet, everything is perfectly clear. Everything makes sense. Nothing seems out of place or to be missing.

Unfortunately this means that you can go through this book in less than ten minutes. This is especially unfortunate because the characters are so loveable and curious. A little girl engineer. A little lost robot. A most unique duo.

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On the bright side, the lack of abundant dialog and fast-pacing make this suitable for very young readers, as mentioned by a reviewer. There’s nothing I love more than a book that works for both children and adults.

This is the story of a little lonely girl who finds a little misplaced robot. Suddenly the little girl has a new companion. Meanwhile, a big, angry yellow robot is searching for the little one, to bring him back to the factory.

I have no negative comments to make about LITTLE ROBOT. It was short indeed, but enjoyable regardless. And again, not short enough to prevent the reader from connecting with the characters.

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