One night, a box tumbles off a shipping truck and into a river. The next morning, a little girl skips school to play by herself, explore the woods near her home, and work in a junkyard fixing broken machines. When she spots a cardboard box floating by in the river near the junkyard, she drags it onto dry land, opens it up, and finds inside it a friend in the form of a little robot. While there is some danger and action thanks to an evil robot sent to capture and return the missing robot, the story is relatively quiet and simple. The artwork is especially pretty, featuring softer lines and more natural colors than in Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl series. With no narration and minimal dialogue, Ben Hatke tells a sweet story about friendship in his children’s graphic novel Little Robot.