The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

Our story begins on the ocean, with wind and rain and thunder and lightning and waves.

Plot

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

Review

Roz finds herself stranded on an island, where the only inhabitants are animals. She does not know where she came from or for what purpose she was built. Unlike everyone else on the island, she is a robot.

The island was teeming with life. And now it had a new kind of life. A strange kind of life. Artificial life.

The animals do not understand this new thing at first. They run from her and call her a monster. And Roz has trouble dealing with life on the island. But she’s smart and built to learn and soon she can understand the language of the island’s inhabitants.

When a terrible accident happens, she takes care of a single goose egg, becoming the hatchling’s mother. Together with her son, she forges friendships with the other animals on the island.

The Wild Robot Illustration

The Wild Robot is an incredibly sweet story. The tone of the book feels very classical, the sentences melodious and perfect for reading out loud.

I also loved the themes in this book. The main character is a robot but in essence, this book is about friendship and family. Roz tries her hardest to be the best mother a young gosling can have.

His mother carefully laid him on a soft cushion of moss. But he didn’t want to sleep there. So she put him back in his little nest, but he didn’t want to sleep there either.

Brightbill looked up and said, “Mama, sit!”

Roz sat down.

Then he said, “Mama, hold!”

Roz held him. The robot’s body may have been hard and mechanical, but it was also strong and safe. The gosling felt loved. His eyes slowly winked closed. And he spent the whole night quietly sleeping in his mother’s arms.

And she definitely succeeds.

She helps out wherever she can and her friendliness is rewarded by the friendship of the animals.

It’s a wonderful story, both to read by yourself as well as reading it to others.

Conclusion

A sweet book with a classical feel about friendship and what it means to be alive.

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