A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
One Trick Pony presents an unusual alien invasion. Shows a dystopian world but stresses that the preservation of human knowledge is essential.
Different societies must sometimes stand together to defeat a common enemy. Bravery and persistence usually have positive results.
Positive Role Models
Young explorer Strata is brave, resourceful, and persistent, refusing to leave her robot pony behind. She's willing to fight to protect her friends and family from invading Pipers.
Violence & Scariness
The alien Pipers chase Strata and her friends, hoping to catch and eat them. The Ferals threaten to hang Inby, Pick, and Auger for horse rustling. Strata and the other Caravaners strike back by breaking the eye-like globes of the Pipers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Trick Pony is a science-fiction graphic novel by Nathan Hale. Set in a desolate future in the aftermath of an alien invasion, the story follows four teens as they and a special robot pony work to rescue their family and protect their technological legacy. The level of violence is very low, but it includes attacks by aliens and by feral humans who want to hang Pick and Inby for horse rustling.
Is It Any Good?
Alien invasions are old hat these days, but this action-packed graphic novel has the right mix of clever design and original storytelling to set it apart from the pack. One Trick Pony allows author-illustrator Nathan Hale the chance to display his serious side without losing his sense of humor. The artwork has a muted pallet of yellows and grays, but the bursts of spot color add to the sense of urgency when needed. After so many close calls and escapes from danger, the climax may seem a little perfunctory to some readers, but most will be satisfied by how this engrossing graphic novel ends.
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