The Saddest Little Robot by Brian Gage

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Snoot is a Drudgebot, and a confused one at that. He can’t figure out why the Halobots, who run Dome City, get some much extra light (all robots need light to survive). He thinks so much about this he gets easily distracted and is consequently the least productive of all robots. He is also oddly shaped and the others make fun of him. Curious about what exists in the awful darkness outside the Dome, he ventures forth and discovers that all it not as it seems. Snoot vows to restore equality to Dome City. With guile, cunning, and good old-fashioned courage, Snoot, aided by some special friends, returns to Dome City to free the Drudgebots.
In both story and illustration, The Saddest Little Robot evokes and utilizes the styles of sci-fi books and films, manga, movie posters, comics and animated films. It encourages readers to look beyond what lies on the surface, to discover for themselves that things are not always as they seem; most important of all it shows them that they are strong enough to decide to do something about it. As Snoot does. And the saddest little robot becomes very happy indeed.

About Brian Gage

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Gage runs Silvernite Web Development, a West Coast-based design collective focused on bringing dynamic media to the Web. Kathryn Otoshi is a cat lover and an award-winning author and illustrator who has always wanted to do a children's picture book based on her own Japanese heritage. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Daniel, and two cockatiels.
Published February 6, 2004 by Soft Skull Press/Red Rattle Books. 90 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Playing the Big Brother role is the omnipresent Father Screen, who reminds the workers that nothing exists outside the dome but horror, and who reiterates their slogan, "Happy Robots Produce Happy Fruit."

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