- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 260 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419721283
- ISBN-13: 978-1419721281
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Trick Pony Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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Gr 3–6—In a futuristic world where hostile aliens eat and destroy all technology, three young people are out searching for machinery to salvage. They succeed when they find a cache of robots, including a robot pony, which sets off a wild chase and confrontation with bands of roaming humans, aliens, and more. Set in a land that blends Stone Age elements and highly advanced technology, this graphic novel adventure features the same mix of humor and derring-do that makes Hale's "Hazardous Tales" so popular. The artwork is in black-and-white, with shades and pops of yellow. While many aspects of the book (for instance, aliens who use bubbles as weapons) might seem cartoony, the illustrations of this epic fantasy are sophisticated, and Hale's world-building is detailed. The violence is free of gore, making this a safer choice for younger readers. VERDICT A great option for fantasy and adventure fans.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Yet, it is very well done. The story is well drawn and plotted. It is hard to write a good all ages story that is both interesting, has good action and yet, not be too graphic. There is one very intense moment at the end (spoiler *** the pony dies to save the girl and all of humanity ***). It is written well so that we as an adult can understand the deeper meaning and point of what the characters are saying without making it hard for younger children from following along.
The design of the aliens and their fundamental motive is also well executed. This is a bit of a change for Mr. Hale who had previously done historic fact based graphic novels. It is well done and perhaps we might see further adventures of this girl and her family as they rebuild human civilization.
I bought this for my first grader who fell in love with the totally age-inappropriate Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins on audiobook before she could read.
She likes reading on her own now, but I wanted to give her something with a deeper story than what she's reading for school. I chose this because it's an adventure- with a mechanical horse, and it wouldn't be visually dense like a chapter book. She takes the book everywhere now- when she can wrestle it away from others in the family.
1. Kleidi, the robot pony. She is gorgeously golden and pops out in Nathan Hale’s distinctive two tone yellow/gray coloring for this novel. She adds comic relief when she only listens to Strata and no one else. And plays a surprising role at the end of the book. I gotta say, the ending shocked me - in a good way. It took a twist I was not expecting at all.
2. The aliens. These are seriously scary multi-limbed, disjointed, frightening giant blobbing aliens called Pipers that release bubbles to capture electronics they scavenge from the earth. And if you’re holding to that technology - you could lose your limb. They are like a cross between the creature from the Alien movie and an Hieronymous Bosch painting. It’s creepy good!
3. The concept of the caravan. The main character, Strata, lives with this traveling band of “digital rescuers” who save data and technological devices before the aliens can get to it in the hopes that one day civilization can be rekindled. That idea is so, so powerful and timely when you think of efforts to suppress scientific data now. Our own digital rescuers are heroes. I know all you teachers and librarians and book lovers listening can relate when I say that the burning of the library at Alexandria stills shatters a part of my soul to think of all that knowledge lost. And I love how Nathan Hale captured that concept in this graphic novel.
In One Trick Pony, Nathan Hale has masterfully combined two seemingly disparate elements - a girl and her pony story and a fierce science fiction battle book. And it is wonderful!"
- This review is an excerpt from Books Between Podcast, Episode 19
He was very disappointed in One Trick Pony. Read it twice only because he was participating in a Read A Thon and had only brought the one book with him! Felt the plot was cliched (his term) and the ending was too pat.
He did think that the illustrations were outstanding. Particularly likes the way Hale illustrates in black & white, but uses one accent color throughout his books.
For what it's worth, he believes that this book was designed for younger children, so another reader may have a completely different opinion. However, unlike Hale's other works, my son will not be reading this again.