Sonishi, K. (2009). Leave it to PET: The misadventures of a recycled super robot (Vol. 1, Katherine Schilling, Trans.). San Francisco, CA: Viz Media, LLC. (Originally published in 2004)
Recycling is good!
Protect the Earth and Maybe
PET will thank you too!"
Plot: A little boy named Noboru is shocked to find a little robot defending him against bullies. The robot's name is PET (poly(ethylene terephthalate)) and he was created after Noboru recycled a bottle a week earlier. PET keeps showing up just as Noboru is about to be injured by bullies or needs help – but for some reason whenever Noboru needs him, PET gives the wrong kind of help, leaving Noboru in the same situation he was in before. When Noboru's bike chain breaks, PET shows up with the intention to fix it – unfortunately PET is not equipped to fix bikes so he calls the only experts he knows – the recycling company. Will PET ever end up actually helping Noboru or will he just keep causing trouble?
Reading/Interest Level: All Ages
Similar Titles: Happy Happy Clover, Chi's Sweet Home, Legend of Zelda
Personal Thoughts: I thought that this manga had a good message to younger kids and I like that it makes recycling fun. The addition of several colored pages gives the reader an extra little surprise. I would recommend this to those doing some sort of environmental study in school that focuses on recycling. At the end of the manga are bonus pages with some fun activities for kids to enjoy.