A couple years ago, you might have been reading these books:
Or you might still read them. You should! They are all great. Four stars, especially for My Teacher is a Monster! —Nancy
But now, author and illustrator Peter Brown has a new book, The Wild Robot, and it’s perfect for Kidsmomo readers. If you like robots, animals, survival books, and well-written, heartfelt stories, you’ll go wild about how good it is!
In The Wild Robot, a ship carrying 500 robots across the sea sinks in a hurricane, and the only survivor is ROZZUM Unit 7134 — better known as Roz. At first, Roz thinks she’s all alone on the island where she winds up, but then she comes to realize that that is not the case.
Roz is a very unique main character. As a robot, she doesn’t have feelings like you or I — but she has survival instinct. She quickly learns that in order to survive on the island, she has to blend in. For instance, her hulking metal body scares the local animals, so much that they call her a monster.
Spoiler alert: Roz does eventually become more accepted on the island, and even develops a maternal side. (Alas, there are no tiny robot babies. But how cute would those be?!) I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, because this book was a delight and everyone should read it!
The Wild Robot is perfect for fans of:
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker
- Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
- The animated movie The Iron Giant, based on the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Even though a sequel has not been announced, The Wild Robot has a bit of an open ending — which means two things: a) We might get a sequel! and b) It’s a great book to chat about with your friends, to guess what happens after the last page!
After I read this book, I wanted to tell a lot of other people — not just kids, but adults too — to read it. It’s a great read for people of all ages: Tell your teacher! Tell your neighbor! Tell your parents! Tell your little sister or brother! If they can’t read, read it to them! EVERYONE MUST KNOW ABOUT ROZ!
Nancy looooooves robots and all things technology related! Not so much the harrowing nature of, well, nature… but exceptions can always be made.
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