Parents' Guide to

Little Robot

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sweet, surprising story of friendship and courage.

Book Ben Hatke Friendship 2015
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

colorful, adventurous and heroic

The story is adventurous while still dealing with really important issues that you can discuss with your child, making this a great SHARED FAMILY TEXT. Issues of poverty, loneliness, and friendship are central to this story. The main character is inspirational, and her decision-making throughout the course of the novel is something you and your child can discuss as she works tirelessly to save her new robot friend. This book is also EXCITING! It has a serious WOW factor for your child in terms of plot and action, robots and character, and a villain that just won’t stop. It is definitely a page turner that can become a delightful LOW STAKES TEXT for your family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Loneliness and longing get lovely treatment in this nearly wordless book by Ben Hatke, who's created another gem of a heroine with the barefoot, nameless, wrench-wielding brown-skinned girl. She's the heart of LITTLE ROBOT, striking out on her own in pursuit of adventure and finding an unusual friend.

There's little dialogue: Many pages pass without words, punctuated only by the "jonk" and "pling" of machines or the mewlings of a cat. Hatke packs in lively action sequences and ominous suspense but also takes advantage of opportunities to pause along the way: to soak up a sunset, feel the rumble of a passing train, or quietly observe a dead squirrel. The little girl's expressive face is an understated marvel -- guarded, joyful, soft and open, friendly, fierce. She's a charming flag-bearer for creative, independent spirits ... who make wonderful friends.

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