By Ben Hatke
Life outside the robot factory is confusing. Little Robot has a lot to learn… And that’s what friends are for. But with danger on the way, will friendship be enough to save them. (from cover)
This graphic novel starts with a box falling off a delivery van. It also starts with a little girl in need of a friend. When she discovers the box and opens it up to reveal a robot, that’s just what she finds. However, friendship is hard and can get rocky from time to time. On top of that, the robot factory has discovered one of their robots is missing and sent out a big, bad recovery bot to bring him home. Can Little Robot and the girl overcome all of the obstacles in their way?
I really loved this story! I’m a big fan of graphic novels that let their art tell the story and that’s just what this book does. Minimal text and colorful illustrations make this a great book for all ages, even early readers. The picture narrative is really great for developing children’s storytelling skills. The story is packed full of messages about friendship and communication. I found the characters very endearing and relatable. I’d say this is an all-around good read especially for kids that love robots, tinkering, and cats!
Older readers who like this book might try out Ben Hatke’s earlier graphic novel series, featuring Zita the Spacegirl!
Reviewed by Meredith (Harrington Library)