Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown
Can a robot survive in the wilderness?
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.
About: The Wild Robot was written and illustrated by Peter Brown. It was published in 4/5/2016 by Little, Brown Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, hardcover, 279 pages. The genres are middle grade fiction, fantasy, science fiction, animals, and adventures. This book was intended for readers ages 8 to 12, grades 3 to 7. According to the publisher’s website, “Little, Brown Books for Young Readers began publishing books for children in 1926. We currently publish a distinguished and diverse list of about 135 books a year. Today the group is divided into three imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers features our core list of picture books and hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult readers; LB Kids produces novelty and brand/licensed tie-ins; and Poppy publishes paperback original series for teen girls.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Wild Robot on 1/12/2021 and finished it on 1/14/2021 at 1am. I’m buddy reading this book with my 3rd grader but sometimes I also read out loud to my 17 months old daughter. This book was a great read. The start reminds me of the TV show Lost because it took place on an unknown island. All about nature and animals. I like the fox’s troubles with the porcupine. I loved the illustrations within the story. The possum’s playing dead was an interesting part. The garden process was humorous, though it’s the natural way of making compost but to invite all of the forest animals to come to poop in Roz’s new yard just sounded funny to me. I liked how Roz has the instincts to learn to survive just by observing, learning, and reaching out for help.
This book started with a hurricane out in the ocean. An ocean transportation carrier carried many crates of robots from a factory and while on the way was destroyed by the storm. All except a few crates that floated around for days until land arrived but only one robot survived and her name was Roz. She attempted to get comfortable on the island but Mother Nature drove her from the beach to the top of the mountain to running away from storms and landslides to being chased to the top of a pine tree by bears and so on. From one tumble to the next, the unexpected thing was when she found herself having to adopt an orphan gosling. The forest animals thought Roz a monster but she managed to change their minds. Roz the robot learned to survive through the seasons in the wilderness. This book was narrated by the author.
The Wild Robot was well written and illustrated. This story had many learning opportunities for kids, like how animals camouflage themselves to stay alive and how geese migrate for the winter. Roz was a cool character and I liked how she tried to fit in and tried to help. The animals seemed to be similar to humans, except like the author pointed out, that they just spoke a different language. When they don’t know someone new, they were mean and unhelpful. But when Roz helped them and showed them her kindness, they came around and treated her differently. The ending was excellent and most exciting of all adventures. I’m glad my son read this series. While I’m passing midway on this book, my son finished reading book two! I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: nature, animals, illustrations, robot, fast paced, short chapters, adventures
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children’s books, including Children Make Terrible Pets, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and The Curious Garden. He is also the author of the bestselling middle-grade duology The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter’s website is http://www.peterbrownstudio.com. (Photo and info obtained from Hachette’s website).