The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is 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 fierce 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 come 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. -- from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316381994
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: 279 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Jun 23, 2018

I fell in love with Roz and I couldn't wait for the sequel.

Jun 19, 2018

amazing book!! I'm 8!!! Once I got past the first chapter I just couldn't put it down! no, seriously. I read it in two days. There were soooooooo many exciting parts!!!!!! My mom started it before me and I still beat her done! when the RECO's came I got soooooo anxious!

movieangel May 17, 2018

Charming and fun, I couldn't put this book down! Brown takes the notion of being stranded on an island into an interesting realm by turning it into a story of community and acceptance. Roz the robot has so much heart.

stplchildren Aug 03, 2017

I absolutely loved this book. I wish I could hang out with Roz. This is a great family or classroom read-aloud. The seemingly simple story actually has a lot of heart and gives a lot to think about and discuss. The illustrations are charming, and so are the characters. There's adventure, a little sadness, and lots of humor. I can't wait for the sequel.

Jul 13, 2017

My 8 year old son said he really loved this book!

Mar 09, 2017

Loved this book. This might be the "edgiest" thing I've read with the 8 year old so far in terms of serious themes handled more matter of factly, and not sugar-coated.

The gist of the story is that a cargo ship has been lost at sea. A number of boxes or crates containing robots have washed up on an island. Only one survives intact and is accidentally activated by a curious bunch of island animals. Roz as she comes to be known, adapts slowly to life on the island via a series of adventurous, humorous and sometimes sad situations.

The author sets out the story in short chapters and very straight forward language that manages to bring the island and each of the animal voices to life. We read this aloud together which was great because we stopped occasionally to talk something over that had occurred. Themes? Community, alternative families, native life, environment, death, mothers and sons...I can't say enough good things about this short novel. For anyone with kids in their lives, or not.

Feb 23, 2017

I fell in love with Roz and her son. This was such a fun and sweet story. Even though it was about robots, it truly was about the most human things... love, sacrifice, and friendship. Roz truly is special! Peter Brown creates such interesting worlds.

JCLLeslieN Jan 12, 2017

This is a wonderful book about the human experience told through a robot who learns about love, families, and making friends. Adorable - great read aloud for families!

JCLChrisK Jan 06, 2017

This is one of those rare books that manages to be simultaneously simple and profound, spare and vivid, unsentimental and deeply emotional, mythical and immediate. The narrative is accessible and easy to grasp; the themes reverberate deeply and invite reflection and connection.

There are no people in this tale of the near future, only robots and animals. A machine designed to help humans comes to life on an island populated only by wild creatures. "Comes to life" as in is first activated to awareness and "comes to life" as in learns about--learns how to live--life. Roz learns from the animals and they learn from her. Most of the story takes place in relative isolation. The larger world provides context and intrusion in the book's final quarter, leading to a conclusion that is eventful and fitting. It is poignant throughout.

Perhaps because of its length, The Wild Robot appears to be getting classified as a middle-grade book. And I think readers that age will enjoy it immensely. At the same time, I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to readers as young as 5 (my just-turned-3-year-old was even engaged by it for a few bedtimes). The chapters are short and it reads quickly, and it would make a great family read-aloud. Really, this is a story for all ages.

"Brightbill had seen hundreds of different robots that winter. And none of them were anything like Roz. None of them had learned how to speak with animals, or had saved an island from the cold, or had adopted a gosling. As he sat there, watching the robot's animal gestures and listening to her animal sounds, Brightbill realized just how special his mother really was."

Jan 05, 2017

Recommended read-aloud for families with children ages 5-10. The story has action, humor, and a subtle lesson about tolerance. Spoiler alert: it ends on a cliffhanger. Watch for a sequel.

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