by Ben Hatke
Graphic novel, almost wordless
Interest level: grades 1-5
4 out of 5 stars
Little Robot is a nearly wordless graphic novel that tells the story of a young girl who is looking for adventure, friendship, and her place in the world. We don’t see adults in the story, and their absence combined with the setting in a scrap yard and dilapidated houses lend you to believe that her escape out the window is to search for something better.
She stumbles upon a robot who fell off a truck, and the two strike up an unlikely but loyal friendship. There is discovery and adventure, combined with some dangerous situations, but in the end the girl and robot find a community of friends, built around their commitment to each other.
Hatke’s illustrations are colorful and with enough detail to carry the story with limited text. Readers aged 6-9 will enjoy this story.