Item description for The Saddest Little Robot by Brian Gage, Kathryn Otoshi, Gregory M. Fulkerson, Polly J. Smith, Meg Newhouse, Marty Matlock & Cory Doctorow...
Overview On an asteroid at the end of the universe, a curious Drudgebot dares to question Father Screen and discovers that there is light and life beyond Dome City.
Snoot is a Drudgebot, seemingly condemned to slaving forever in the depths of the Cylinder that powers the all-important light inside Dome City. Because of his odd shape and his distracted nature, his peers make fun of him. Curious about what exists outside the Dome on the asteroid at the end of the Universe, Snoot ventures forth to discover darkness and danger, but also new friends. Tik and Tak, lightning bugs, a caterpillar named Fernando, and Silo, the sole surviving Makerbot, inspire Snoot to return to Dome City to help liberate the Drudgebots. Borrowing and evoking elements from Star Wars, Antz, Toy Story, and manga, this is a story about believing in one's self and going against the grain. The Saddest Little Robot is the first title under the new Red Rattle Books imprint — a series aimed to satisfy the need for socially aware, nondidactic, sophisticated children's literature that's in line with the ideals of a new generation of parents. This colorfully illustrated children's sci-fi fable encourages readers to look for truth beyond the surface and to realize they are strong enough to help change the world for the better.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2004
Publisher Soft Skull Press/Red Rattle Books
ISBN 1932360050 ISBN13 9781932360059
Availability 0 units.
More About Brian Gage, Kathryn Otoshi, Gregory M. Fulkerson, Polly J. Smith, Meg Newhouse, Marty Matlock & Cory Doctorow
Gage runs Silvernite Web Development, a West Coast-based design collective focused on bringing dynamic media to the Web.
Brian Gage currently resides in Hollywood, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Saddest Little Robot?
Simple, yet oddly profound Feb 11, 2006
I ordered this book for my kids on the recommendation of a friend. Although it wasn't as "classic literature" as I was expecting - I found the book to be one of the best offerings for children I've read in a long time. Gage really does a fantastic job of exploring a vast sociological allegory within an interesting and fast moving plot. But that's an adult talking - my kids just loved the book and really related to the ugly duckling premise centered around the misfit robot Snoot. Very entertaining for the whole family, and highly recommended.
A moving story, told on a grand scale Apr 12, 2004
Brian Gage's The Saddest Little Robot is an impressive work of children's literature about an ordinary little Drudgebot, unhappy in his endless labor in the depths of the Cylinder that powers the light in the great Dome City. Curious about what lies outside his world, he journeys outside, makes unlikely friends, and meets with a great Makerbot who inspires him to return to his home and liberate his fellow Drudgebots. A moving story, told on a grand scale and wondrously illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi, The Saddest Little Robot will prove a welcome and much appreciated addition to school and community library science fiction collections for young readers.
Great All Ages Book Apr 8, 2004
This is one of the best kid's books I've read in a long time. Great for kids and interesting enough for adults due to deeper themes the author is using.
the next harry potter! Mar 2, 2004
I heard about this book through a great review in last week's LA Times and decided to pick up a copy for my 11-year-old brother. However, when the book arrived, I couldn't help reading it myself! It's a really fantastic story - something both kids and adults would enjoy. In addition to the great illustrations (think Star Wars meets Harry Potter), the story itself has really fun and interesting characters, a suspenseful plot, plenty of twists and turns, and a really sweet ending to tie it all together. What I liked most though was the message. Whereas some kids books are so over-the-top preachy that you want to roll your eyes, this one has a much more subtle and intelligent analogy... it's actually quite relevant to today's issues! Apparently, this book is the first in a series, with another book coming out in a couple years. I'm looking forward to it!
A hit with my whole family Mar 1, 2004
my whole family: me, my 2 kids, and husband have throughly enjoyed it. even my eldest who's 11 and doesn't read all that much really loved the book. it's very charming, has a great story, and a great main character. I think the last time my kids were this excited about a book was when I first read them Harry Potter.