Little RobotWritten by Ben Hatke

A giant box falls out of a truck into a river. Meanwhile, a young girl sneaks away from home to go exploring. First she finds an old tool kit in a junkyard. Then she finds a box in the river. Inside is a brand new robot! She powers it up and starts to show the machine how to behave and survive in the world, even fixing it with her scavenged tools. When a monstrous security droid comes from the factory to retrieve the missing robot, the girl tries to protect her new friend. Hi-jinks and cartoon mayhem ensue.

This is a nearly wordless quick read with a lot of appeal. A great challenge for pre- and emerging readers, but older kids, especially struggling readers, might enjoy it as well. I especially love the bravery and resourcefulness of the little girl. The rich, glossy, full color illustrations make this feel as much like a triple-length picture book as a graphic novel. A solid addition to any elementary graphic novels collection.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite Library Media / Ed. Tech. Dept.
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-4

Author Website: http://www.benhatke.com/
Sample the Book

Little Robot
Written by Ben Hatke
First Second
132 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2015

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  1. GIVEAWAY!

    We have 13 copies of this book to give away for school or classroom libraries in Granite School District. Whether you are a teacher, student, librarian, or other staff member, leave a comment on this post to win a copy for your school library or your classroom. We will send them via district mail to the first 13 commenters. Thanks for reading!

    • I’d love to have a copy for the our library here at Bacchus Elementary!

    • We’d love to have this book at Gourley Elementary in our library. Lori Draney

  2. I would like a copy of this book for our collection.

    • Awesome! Copy 1 of 13 goes to Pam at Mill Creek El.

      • Thanks for the book.

  3. This book looks like one the students in the younger grades at my school would love!

    • Good! Copy 3 of 13 goes to Marjorie at Oquirrh Hills El. 10 copies left.

  4. My kids love anything robots. May I please have one?

    • Yes! Copy 4 of 13 goes to Christie at Wright El. 9 copies left.

  5. We would love a copy at Calvin Smith Elem.!

    • Copy 6 of 13 goes to Tracie at Calvin Smith El. Thanks!

  6. We would love a copy at Arcadia and appreciate what you do to get books into libraries. Thanks Saundra

    • Thanks! Copy 7 of 13 to Saundra at Arcadia El.

      • Thanks :)

  7. We would love this addition at Westbrook! Thanks for all the giveaways and review books.

    • You’re welcome! Copy 8 of 13 goes to Debbie at Westbrook El.

  8. This looks like such a cute book!

    • Copy 9 of 13 goes to Woodstock El. Thanks for reading!

  9. This looks like a fun book that would be a great addition to Carl Sandburg’s library!

  10. We already have this book in our library. I love the artwork and the story. It’s definitely worth having in your library.

  11. A great one to have in our library.

  12. 2 copies still left.

  13. We would just love to have this nice book to add to our collection. Thanks.

    • Copy 12 of 13 goes to Johneen at West Kearns El. Just one copy left now.

  14. Looks like a nice book to add to the library.

    • Congrats, Nanette, you just picked up the final giveaway copy! Thanks for looking. I’ll send this to Monroe El.

  15. We have now given away all of the available copies. Sorry and thanks for looking.

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