A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Again and again, Fred demonstrates the benefits of being polite and kind.
Anyone can become your friend if you treat them with kindness.
Positive Role Models
Fred is the ultimate optimist, always seeing the best in everybody. He believes anybody can become friends with anybody else.
Everyone is a robot, a captive, or a warlord. Skin-tone doesn't seem to matter.
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Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence throughout. No one gets hurt, but many get covered in slime or are punched by a robot.
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Four or five uses of 'turd."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Pal Fred is a sci-fi graphic novel featuring a very polite robot. Written and illustrated by Michael Rex, the book follows Fred across an apocalyptic wasteland as he encourages various warlords to chill out and be nice. Tons of cartoon violence, but no one gets injured. Many get covered in slime or are punched by a robot.
Is It Any Good?
Robots are staples of sci-fi, but this graphic novel offers a unique, positive twist. Writer and illustrator Michael Rex creates a cheerful hero for the ages in Your Pal Fred. So what if his adventures are somewhat repetitive? They teach lessons that never go out of style -- and are hilarious every time!
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