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.