Robot Slayer is the first graphic novel by Vincent Kamp. Suited best to children aged around 5+ it tells the story of Benny and Leo, two brothers living in Robotolis - a city designed by Professor Arnold Robotolis and built entirely by robots.
The detail in the novel is great, and there is masses to look at on every page. Once your child has heard the story they can 'read the pictures' even if they aren't yet able to read the text. The book starts with 2 different texts on each page, narrative and speech, and then changes once we know the backstory and have set the scene, with the rest of the story told purely by the characters conversation and the illustrations.
The robots do everyday jobs and tasks, and make life very easy for the humans, until one day when they begin to go wrong. A virus has overtaken the robots and when Benny is captured and taken prisoner, it's up to Leo to save the day.
The illustrations are great and I love the use of colour to show the 'human' world, as opposed to the steel greys used when the robots are in charge. The characters are instantly recognisable and have just the right level of 'evil' or 'cute'.
Vincent Kamp created this novel for his own two young boys - Leo and Benny - and it's taken 4 years from idea to release. I read this novel with my 2 youngest boys and they both loved it. Although my youngest isn't yet 4, he loves robots and science fiction stories and he adores books, so he's sat and 'read' this story to himself more times than I can count.
I think it's great and a lovely way to introduce children to graphic novels when the closest they might come would be comic strips such as The Beano. It's a grown up book for kids. There's even a bonus because every now and again a novel will be sent out in a painted envelope, and I was lucky enough to be one of those who's envelope has been hand painted by Vince - it's fantastic and very special!
It doesn't stop there though because YOU can see if you've got what it takes to be a robot slayer using a mini game which is part of an interactive iPad app. Sadly I don't have an iAnything, but there are plans to release the app on Android in the future and it gets very good reviews, generally scoring 4/5.
You can find out much more about Robotslayer on the website and see a preview of the app in the following You Tube video...
You can also keep up with the latest developments on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Robotslayer is available to buy from Amazon.
Vincent Kamp has kindly offered 3 copies of his novel for my readers to win. Entry is by rafflecopter below. The first entry is for commenting on this post with the answer to the question, and you can gain additional entries by completing extra options on the rafflecopter form.
We were sent our copy of Robotslayer for review