Thursday, September 10, 2015
By Ben Hatke
First Second, 2015. Graphic Novel, 132 p.
Ben Hatke, the author/illustrator of the acclaimed Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, has created another wonderful graphic novel with a likable and strong female protagonist. Little Robot is about a young girl in a nightshirt who spends her days exploring without any supervision and using her trusty tools to work on things that she finds in the junkyard. One day she finds a box containing a small robot who quickly becomes her best friend. They play together and the girl teaches the robot about life, friendship, beauty and death. Meanwhile, the robot has been identified as missing from a top secret factory and they want the robot back. With minimal dialogue, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel full of robots and heart will appeal to children of all ages. It recently received a Starred Review from Booklist Reviews. Whether you are new to the genre of graphic novels or an expert of panel-based literature Little Robot is one you will not want to miss.