FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
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So I’ve never read a robot story (this is true), and when I started Peter Brown’s new middle grade novel, The Wild Robot, I didn’t know what to expect. The cover depicts a wild setting – think jungle island – and yes, a robot. Obviously intriguing. Peter Brown’s illustrations are magnificent. My favorite just might be the otters, who are fascinated and a bit confused by the robot Rozzum unit 7134 (just call her Roz) who washes up on share in a crate. Roz is the only survivor of a shipwreck carrying crates of robots. While Roz has never seen an island before, or the wilderness at all, she is of course, programmed to survive. And she does. She investigates her surroundings, she observes, she solves problems. The wild animals believe that she is a monster and they stay away. But when Roz rescues a goose egg and suddenly becomes a mother robot, the animals on the island pay attention. Slowly, Roz acquires friends, her baby goose, Brightbill, learns to fly. When the geese fly south for the winter, Roz and the other animals must survive a harsh winter, and this is when Roz’ survival skills shine. She helps others on the island and develops strong friendships with all of the animals, who declare peace while they work together. But technology encroaches on the island, creating dangers for all, which Roz and her friends must face as a team. This book will spark discussions about the way nature and technology work together, how working together can achieve the seemingly impossible tasks in front of one person alone, the nature of motherhood (and parenthood), civilization, environmental issues/climate change, and how all animals – and robots – can survive. An excellent middle grade novel that will captivate many young readers (and yes, adults too!). Check out Peter Brown’s website and his blog about the writing of The Wild Robot at Peter Brown Studio.