One Trick Pony (Hardcover)

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Illustrator Nathan Hale steps into the world of fiction writing with this graphic novel, One Trick Pony. It's a fast-paced ride through the apocalypse, in which alien invaders feed on electronic devices and caravans of digital rescuers scour the land in search of any remaining technology, hoping to save the historical records of old Earth. When a spunky girl stumbles onto a hidden cache of robots, including a marvelous metal pony, she and her friends must outrun the invaders pursuing them—and hopefully defeat them for good! With expressive characters and detailed worldbuilding, this graphic novel is a great choice for any sci-fi lover. -Liz

— From Spring Booknotes 2017

About the Author

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novels One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco. Nathan lives in Orem, Utah, and you can find him online at

Praise For…

"Hale imbues his latest with pathos, action, and perfectly timed moments of comedy, but it’s the imaginative landscape, spot-on visual pacing, and confident line work that make this adventure tale really zing."
— Booklist

"The aliens themselves are visu-ally exceptional—huge, gluttonous, and oozing privilege in both their actions and their physical presentations."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Set in a land that blends Stone Age elements and highly advanced technology, this graphic novel adventure features the same mix of humor and derring-do that makes Hale’s “Hazardous Tales” so popular."
— School Library Journal

"Hale blends adventure, aliens, an apocalyptic future, and folklore into an easy-to-read stand-alone."
— Kirkus

" The story combines an exciting science fiction plot with down-to-earth teenage characters...The real allure to the work is the use of different kinds of lines used to build textures, provide atmosphere, and portray characters."
— School Library Connection

"With an engaging, racially diverse cast this high-stakes epic adventure should have wide appeal...Hale shepherds this complex narrative with the same sure hand as his graphic novel series of real stories from history."
— Horn Book Magazine

"Hale’s illustrations are textured and visually move the story forward, while his original storyline effortlessly combines aliens, adventure, and apocalyptic fun."

"While beautifully concise, it still manages to squeeze in loads of suspense, chills (though nothing too nightmare-inducing), action and entertaining character dynamics — all within a refreshingly original take on post-apocalyptic hellscapes."
— New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419721281
ISBN-10: 1419721283
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English