One Button Benny by Alan Windram & Chloe Holwill-Hunter

Benny Final front cover

Published by Little Door Books, 2017.

more robotsOne Button Benny is a brilliant book; I really enjoyed it. It’s funny (I laughed out loud at the hairy, scary aliens with green bottoms), and exciting. Benny is a robot. He’s feeling left out because all the other robots have lots of buttons whereas he just has one big button. When the other robots press their buttons, wonderful things happen: music plays, bubbles blow, lights come on. Benny’s button, however, can only be pressed in an emergency.

My absolute favourite page is where Benny is considering what might constitute an emergency. I’m with him on the empty biscuit barrel being pretty catastrophic!

One morning Benny wakes up and realises that there is something terribly wrong. During the night, aliens (known as the collectors) have taken over the planet. They are rounding up all the robots so they can crush them and turn them into teapots.

This is Benny’s moment! He presses his button and zooms into action!

Benny boom

I love the book’s design and layout. There’s a comic strip feel to some of the pages: speech bubbles (with a cool, robot font), and split pages. The illustrations are great too and there’s lots of lovely detail – Benny cleans his teeth with polish instead of toothpaste, for example. Benny is a really cute robot and makes a very loveable hero.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Little Door Books for sending me this book to review.

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