Review: Little Robot by Ben Hatke

14 September, 2015 Reviews 7 comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Little Robot by Ben HatkeLittle Robot by Ben Hatke
Series: Standalone
Published by First Second on September 1st 2015
Pages: 144
Genres: Childrens', Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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!

#1 New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

I really think I’m physically incapable of giving Ben Hatke’s books anything less than 5 stars. The reasons for this being that Hatke continues to create such memorable characters and beautiful artwork. After reading all of his works, I totally consider him an auto-buy-author for me.

Ben Hatke's books

Not only are his books enjoyable for myself as an adult, but my kids absolutely love his works too. What makes Hatke’s books stand out for me the most is that each of his main characters have been of different races. Sometimes it can be difficult to find this in childrens’ books, so you have no idea how good it feels when you hear your daughter say, “Hey! She looks just like me!” Tears, guys. Tears.

Not only do his books feature diverse characters, but they feature strong female heroines who have super fun adventures like traveling through space, imaginary creatures, and the newest edition: a female mechanic!



But on to the review! Little Robot is a charming story about friendship and accepting differences. Our heroine is a very capable kid who doesn’t exactly fit in with other kids her age. She enjoys fixing objects and creating new and improved versions things. Meanwhile, there is a little robot who has escape an assembly line and somehow their paths cross. And, thus, two unlikely friends become the best of friends. Through the book, their friendship changes. Our characters learn boundaries and how to deal with disagreements and acceptance.

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In fact, I really loved the friendship between the characters because it was an issue my own kids could relate to. They could easily keep up with the pace of the story and tell when a character was “being mean” or “not being very nice,” according to my kids. The simple, yet candid storytelling was an instant hit for us and provided a good discussion on what it means to be a good friend.

The illustrations in Little Robot is nothing short of breathtaking. But this is no surprise to me as I’ve been a huge fan of Hatke’s art for a long time now. What I loved best were the full spreads with vivid colors. It was a great way to tell the story without actual words — something that is great for my 5-year-old since he is not yet a reader. (The one thing my kids did seem to notice right from the start was the main character’s lack of pants! Hehe.)


It kept him interested and we’d frequently stay on those pages and just admire the artwork. Likewise, the text was very simple and is perfect for early readers. My 7-year-old was able to read the entire book on her own.


All in all, this is another fantastic book from Hatke. If you have little readers in your home or enjoy picture books yourself, I would definitely recommend this one!

About Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke's first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

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Steph Sinclair

Steph Sinclair

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I'm a bibliophile trying to make it through my never-ending To-Be-Read list, equal opportunity snarker, fangirl and co-blogger here at Cuddlebuggery. Find me on GoodReads.

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