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Little Robot Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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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!
In the Eisner-winning graphic novel, Little Robot, 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.
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A Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2015
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"A tale of friendship and the joys of tinkering." ―The New York Times
"The absolute best thing ever." ―io9
"Girls meets robot. Robot meets girl. Girl and robot become unlikely best friends . . . and take on the world." ―Entertainment Weekly
“Ben is awesome, and so are his books!” ―Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series
“Tonight’s bedtime story.” ―Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl
“Girl power at its best. A sure winner!” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A pleasantly colorful adventure of discovery and friendship. Highly recommended.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Subtly inventive in both vision and execution, this one begs to be read again and again.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Well-plotted and -paced, this engaging story of loneliness, bravery, and friendship builds to a satisfying and sweet conclusion.” ―The Horn Book
"Hatke’s got a knack for early elementary graphic novels, and the unnamed protagonist here is just as endearing, memorable, and clever as Zita (from Zita the Spacegirl)." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
- Publisher : First Second; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626720800
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626720800
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : GN170L
- Grade level : 2 - 3
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.95 x 0.65 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since they are big fans of Hatke's Zita series (see Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl Series) ), the kids are excited to read all of his graphic novels.
As a mom, I love that the pictures and stories draw the kids into books and inspire them to read.
I asked the children what they thought of the book:
"I really liked it. The setting (bridge and river and mountains) reminded me of my town. There's not many words, but I really enjoyed it." -- boy, 12
"I really like it too, even though it's probably more for younger kids. The pictures were fun." -- girl, 11
"A girl finds a robot but he wants to play with other robots like him. So he leaves her...I like the robot that fixes stuff. He fixes up all the other robos. I think it's silly... I like silly." -- boy, 8
"The bridge looks like Virginia's bridge." -- boy, 5
"Yeah, I like it. I like everything. It's about a girl and a robot." -- boy, 4
But I cant say for certain what Ben Hatke intended.
The best way I can describe it is that it is "impacting" and it is really sturdy. This is the kind of book you will want to read again and again to try and pick up on all of the subtle aspects too the story.
When I read it I was honestly quite shocked by the slightly dark edge it had, but it reminded me a lot about how childhood is often one of the saddest times of our lives, and how sometimes people will willingly put themselves in an abusive situation just to feel like they belong.
And the book shows how we can hurt people we love through a lack of understanding. The book causes a lot of thinking, and that is one of the best things that any work of science fiction can do.