Little Robot

Little Robot

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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!" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781626720800
1626720800
Branch Call Number: j Graphic Novel Hat
Characteristics: 132 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

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forbesrachel Aug 07, 2017

Gr 1-5 Once again Hatke delivers a delightful graphic novel with a positive female role-model, fun non-humans, and a message of friendship. When a dark-skinned cherubic girl chances upon a robot that looks like a trashcan, she finds a friend worth protecting. Each day they explore the junkyard and the surrounding forest, with the little girl acting as a guide to new sights and concepts. Both love playing together, but when the robot wants to leave, things go downhill. It is up to this resourceful girl to save him from the bad bots of the factory. With her trusty wrench in hand, she repairs parts, builds traps, and fixes hearts. Like the movie Wall-e, these robots have a limited range of facial expressions, so they "speak", and emote, in sound effects. Changes in font size, punctuation, and position, are just as necessary to our comprehension as body language and composition are. We rely heavily on visual cues, for the girl also says little. These two started their journey separately and in silence, but by the end, music and friends surround them. Young readers, and those new to graphica, will find the easy-to-follow illustrations, large borderless panels, and steady pace, welcoming. VERDICT A pleasantly colourful adventure of discovery and friendship. Highly recommended.

*reviewed for School Library Journal

TSCPL_NatalieM Oct 19, 2016

I don't usually read full-color graphic novels because they hurt my eyes, but this one had a more muted color palette and softer edges on the frames, and I really enjoyed how the pictures told the interesting sci-fi story. A little girl finds and befriends a little lost robot, and they have to escape from the big robot that’s trying to catch it and take it back to the warehouse. The nameless protagonist is spunky and inventive, and I love her.

CRRLKids Nov 30, 2015

With minimal words but plenty of bright and descriptive graphics, this graphic novel from the creator of Zita the Spacegirl features a plucky heroine and her little robot friend who will win over readers’ hearts with their creativity, ingenuity, and mutual devotion.

Paulas_NB_FC_Kidlit Nov 07, 2015

Great graphic novel for a younger crowd from the same author who is the creator of Zita the space girl. There are few words but the message is clear; it's great to have a friend.

JCLChrisK Oct 29, 2015

Today I came across a web comic from Owl Turd Comix titled "Hooray for Teamwork!" <http://owlturd.com/post/131950162249/hooray-for-teamwork-d-image-twitter-facebook> The dialogue reads:

"You're too late, SuperDORKS! You'll never stop me now!!"

"That's where you're wrong, evil-doer! We will stop you with the powers of:
"Friendship!
"Harmony!
"Incredible violence.
"And Love!"

"Ah, I, uh, I see you got a new member . . . S-superdorks. P-prepare for battle."

"Wow, guys, we're doing AMAZING lately!!"

I might not have referenced it had the timing been different, but right on the heels of reading Little Robot it was hard not to make a connection. The superteam's power list is quite similar to the book's ingredients--just replace the third one with mild (robot, gore-free) violence and add a good dose of tinkering and tenacity.

In this nearly wordless graphic novel, a bored, mechanically-inclined, young girl wanders a junkyard in search of adventure and entertainment. She happens across a cute little robot that fell off the back of a truck. Over the course of a couple of days, she infuses her new friend with her easy-going spirit of meandering fun. Then the robot's large, menacing, evil creators (also robots) come to reclaim it. The girl, however, doesn't give up on her friends so easily.

Hatke's art is clear, informative, inviting, and pleasant; or, like it's main character, easy-going and fun. The story has just enough conflict and tension to be an engaging tale within an overall package that simply makes you feel good.

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CorteMaderaStaff_Judi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12

Paulas_NB_FC_Kidlit Nov 07, 2015

Paulas_NB_FC_Kidlit thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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