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review 2016-08-16 19:31
Little Robot
Little Robot - Ben Hatke

I loved the bright colorful pages that adored this novel and that’s why I originally picked up this children’s graphic novel. I found inside its cover a wonderful story about a young girl who befriends a robot who got bumped off a truck and ends up floating down a small river. While the rest of the children are off at school, she entertains herself and finds the box containing the robot in the water. Dragging it to shore, she and her cat help the robot adjust to life outside the box. Little robot knows that he is not like the little girl and I enjoyed how she tries to comfort him.   Meanwhile, the assembly line that the box was supposed to be on misses the little robot and sends out another robot to find him and bring him back. The little girl loves her new playmate and they explore the world together every day. Unfortunately, the recovery mission for little robot is going well and it isn’t long before their quiet time together is disturbed.

 

It’s an incredible story of friendship, of determination and of being creative. I liked the author’s use of words in the novel. The words that you find inside this novel are mainly sound words and easy words that younger children can pick up on, making this an excellent first graphic novel for younger children. I love the way the author illustrates these sound words, drawing them out, changing the font style and size, he really brings these words to life.   Words like clang, pling, crack, zom or the familiar one of jonk take on different meaning throughout the text. It’s a cute story, one that you can read to a child or one they could read to themselves.

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review 2016-05-30 22:01
Little Robot (graphic novel) by Ben Hatke
Little Robot - Ben Hatke

I recently cataloged this for the library where I work. I thought it looked cute, so I checked it out.

The story's pretty short: a little girl (we're never told her name) skips school and goes off to play on her own. A few hours earlier, a box fell out of a truck and landed in a river. The girl finds the box, opens it, and accidentally starts up the robot inside. The girl and robot have fun playing together, but their budding friendship is threatened by their differences (the little robot is aware that it's not human and wants to meet others like itself) and by the large and menacing robot that wants to take the little robot back to its factory.

There was only one moment in this that didn't sit well with me. At one point, the little girl, worried that the robot would leave her, locked it up. She did this so that she'd have time to try to create some friends for it and thereby convince it to stick around, but it was still a rotten thing for her to do to the robot she wanted to befriend.

It wasn't a deal-breaker for me, though, because of the way it was handled. The little robot got upset with the girl for what she'd done, and things didn't go nearly as well as she'd planned. And when she was faced with the same situation later on, she didn't make the same mistake, and things went better.

All in all, this was a cute story that managed to communicate a lot despite hardly having any text. The girl had guts and a good heart, even if her social skills needed a bit of work (which made sense, considering that she seemed to spend all or most of her time alone). The various robots were nice, and I loved the little fix-it bot as long as I didn't try to think too hard about what it could do. I was left with a lot of questions, but I did enjoy this overall.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2016-04-04 15:01
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Little Robot - Ben Hatke

This is the most adorable and heartwarming story about a girl and her robot. It’s largely wordless, with lovely art. I loved the fact that Hatke manages to telegraph details of class and race very clearly, and at the same time the story focuses on the relationship between the girl and the little robot.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/march-round-up
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review 2015-11-07 17:38
Fifty billion stars!
Little Robot - Ben Hatke

All the stars to this.   It was so cute, so very, very cute.   

 

 

I'm looking into buying it right now. 

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review 2015-07-26 04:17
Girl Power
Little Robot - Ben Hatke
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke’s beguiling illustrations are back, this time telling the story of a lonely little girl who finds a robot. This little girl is really kind of a badass. She crawls out the back window of her trailer park home and goes to play in the woods and the junkyard. She finds a tool belt, straps it on, and starts tinkering with confidence. Soon she comes upon a lost robot that is also lonely and strikes up a friendship, creating robot buddies out of car parts when the robot indicates he’s missing his friends. Soon they have to do battle with a monstrous robot that wants to return the little robot to his rightful owners.

 

There are very few words in this story, which could be used with ages 3-5 to teach reading conventions, and as a stand-along for ages 6-8. It also might be used with English learners who could practice telling what is happening in the illustrations.

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