Little Robot

Little RobotWritten by Ben Hatke

A giant box falls out of a truck into a river. Meanwhile, a young girl sneaks away from home to go exploring. First she finds an old tool kit in a junkyard. Then she finds a box in the river. Inside is a brand new robot! She powers it up and starts to show the machine how to behave and survive in the world, even fixing it with her scavenged tools. When a monstrous security droid comes from the factory to retrieve the missing robot, the girl tries to protect her new friend. Hi-jinks and cartoon mayhem ensue.

This is a nearly wordless quick read with a lot of appeal. A great challenge for pre- and emerging readers, but older kids, especially struggling readers, might enjoy it as well. I especially love the bravery and resourcefulness of the little girl. The rich, glossy, full color illustrations make this feel as much like a triple-length picture book as a graphic novel. A solid addition to any elementary graphic novels collection.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite Library Media / Ed. Tech. Dept.
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-4

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Little Robot
Written by Ben Hatke
First Second
132 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2015

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    We have 13 copies of this book to give away for school or classroom libraries in Granite School District. Whether you are a teacher, student, librarian, or other staff member, leave a comment on this post to win a copy for your school library or your classroom. We will send them via district mail to the first 13 commenters. Thanks for reading!

  2. We would love a copy at Arcadia and appreciate what you do to get books into libraries. Thanks Saundra

  3. We already have this book in our library. I love the artwork and the story. It’s definitely worth having in your library.

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