Author: Ben Hatke
Synopsis: 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!
Huge thank you to First Second for this ARC!
I am a huge fan of Ben Hatke’s work, and his graphic novels are some of the easiest to recommend to younger readers. Zita the Spacegirl and Julia’s House for Lost Creatures completely captured my heart as I read through them, and it’s easy to say that Little Robot won me over the exact same way.
A large chunk of this graphic novel is wordless, and stronger for it. The artwork in the novel does an amazing job of evoking so much thought and emotion. I love the expressions on the robots faces, I love the adventure that the little girl and her new robot companion embark on. I felt bad for them a lot of the time since they were being chased by other robots with nefarious intentions, but I loved the comic aspects of the story because it really kept the story fresh and fast paced.
There is so much to love about Little Robot. It’s a beautiful look at friendship, having tenacity, and finding one’s place in the world (or at least, trying to comprehend the world that’s around you to begin with). If you have a younger reader (or you’re an adult that appreciates this kind of sweet tale), Little Robot is easy to recommend and worth the time. It’s a story worth sharing with loved ones, as it will pull on your heartstrings while also providing some laughs from start to finish.
I am insanely excited that First Second approached me to participate in this blog tour for Ben Hatke’s latest graphic novel, Little Robot. The book released yesterday, September 1st, and tells a heart-warming story of friendship and courage. I sincerely hope that you check this book out, especially if you have a young reader in your life, and while you’re at it, please check out the other stops on this tour. Also please enter our GIVEAWAY! (US/CANADA ONLY)
About the Author: Ben Hatke is an author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. Most notably he is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series. He posts art and stories online at: www.benhatke.com