Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review - Little Robot Alone

Little Robot Alone
by Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Date: 2018
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

In this charming picture book by Newbery winner Patricia MacLachlan, Little Robot is lonely--until he has an inventive and creative solution.

Little Robot's life is peaceful--yet maybe it's a little too peaceful. But wait! He has an idea. With a little hard work, perseverance, and resourceful thinking, can Little Robot build his way to the perfect cure for loneliness?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Curious as to why this picture book has such a low Goodreads rating, I decided to give it a try. It's a very simple story about a little robot who's lonely, so he decides to build himself a friend. I suppose it might be too simple for some people, but I thought it was pretty charming. Little Robot saw a problem, and then set about fixing it. Even when he didn't get it right on the first try, he kept going, and eventually his efforts paid off.

I liked how his daily routine was set off by the rhyming text, and the illustrations--while just simple watercolours--perfectly fit the gentle feel of the story.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.57 out of 5

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