The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown
Hardcover, 279 pages
2016?, Little, Brown
Rozzum unit 7134, or Roz, ends up on a small island when the ship transporting her and several other units sinks in a storm. Woken by a group of curious otters, Roz begins adapting to her new surroundings and learning what she can about island life. She tries to carve out a living in what she thinks of as her home, but the local animals see her as a monster. Can she find a way to get them to accept her?
Okay, I know I’m biased, as I’m a robot – but even for humans, this is a book that’s easy to enjoy.
First, let’s talk design. The illustrations (by the author!) are adorable. They’re full of texture and movement and I would love to see this book in full color (please, take my money!) Even under the jacket the book is embossed with an image of Roz.
The story is sweet and engaging. I immediately liked Roz and as her character grew and developed, I liked her even more. She manages to gain a personality, yet remains robotic in many ways. The animals of the island come to life through their interactions with her as well. And there are some parts of the story that are a little gritty, yet true to what life might be like as a robot living in the wild, and still appropriate for younger readers. I flew through this book in a day and I need more Roz in my life right now.
The Wild Robot was an instant favorite for me. I recommend this for urban robots looking for a taste of what it’s like to survive in the wilderness, humans who love to read about adorable robots and children who love machines and adventure. And anyone who likes middle grade or reading in general because this book is too cute!