Early Book Review: Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Little Robot is a children's graphic novel by Ben Hatke. It is currently scheduled for release on September 1 2015. 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.

Little Robot is another fantastic graphic novel from Hatke, who has yet to disappoint me. A young girl is off exploring and finds a box, that just happens to have a robot inside. when she activates him she gains a friend. They explore and start to understand each other. However, a larger robot is on the hunt for the little one and danger is on the way. I really liked that the friendship was not perfect, our young heroine makes some mistakes, but her determination to protect prevail. The artwork tells most of the story, since the mechanical players are not very verbal. The story is simply charming and sweet, with the strong girl lead that I have come to expect from Hatke. I think this is a graphic novel that children of all ages, from the youngest readers to the middle grade set, can find something to connect with.

Little Robot is another must read for fans for Hatke. The charming artwork combined with a story that has determination, kindness, and friendship overcoming forces bent on destruction is a definite winner.
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