Sunday, July 30, 2017

One Trick Pony, by Nathan Hale -- exciting, inventive adventure (ages 8-12)

Nathan Hale has many fans who love his blend of adventure and history in graphic novels. In his newest graphic novel One Trick Pony, he ventures into completely new territory with a futuristic post-apocalyptic world. It's full of exciting, inventive adventure that will be perfect for many repeat readings.
One Trick Pony
by Nathan Hale
Amulet / Abrams, 2017
Amazon / Your local library
Google Books preview
ages 8-12
*best new book*
Hostile aliens have devastated Earth in search of technology, hungry for electricity and any machines that feed on it. When Strata and her friends stumble upon a cache of robots, including a super robot pony, they set off the sensors of these aliens. Strata and her family are digital rescuers who are trying to keep the memory of civilization alive by seeking out and safe guarding old technology.
"'We're doomed!' 'Bubbles! They're here!' 'Pipers!'"
Determined to protect her family and friends from the wrath of the alien Pipers, Strata leads the aliens on a wild chase in this fast-paced sci-fi adventure. I'm looking forward to rereading this, thinking more fully about the distinct characters and themes. But in the meantime, the sense of Strata's courage and mission will keep me going.

Enjoy this preview from Google Books to see how quickly the pacing of this story starts off. By pages 20, the chase is on as Strata's pony helps them escape the clutches of the Pipers.

The review copy was kindly sent by the publishers, Abrams Books. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2017 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books


  1. Can you suggest something for 4-5 years old

    1. Here is my list of recommendations for preschoolers and kindergartners -- I hope it helps.

  2. I think my students will gobble this book up. Thanks.