The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780316381994
Characteristics: 279 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.


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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.

AL_ALYX 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.

Dec 10, 2016

Readers have to suspend disbelief a little for this one, but it's rather worth it. I found this a clever idea--that a robot would be able to adapt to its environment in spite of its environment being very unfriendly towards it. There were some good lessons such as kindness goes a long way; learn, grow, adapt, and try to be the best version of yourself.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Oct 12, 2016

A robot, not just living in the wild, but deeply loving the wild... and the wild deeply loving her back. What a great concept, one that definitely had the potential to be heavily didactic or sappy, but thankfully was not. Genuinely charming and just sweet enough, I see it appealing to a wide variety of ages (including adults) and creating some great discussions.

AL_CATHERINE Aug 31, 2016

Such a fantastic and beautiful story! I loved all of the unlikely friendships and families that came together! Great for fans of WALL-E or The Iron Giant!

Aug 28, 2016

This is Brown's middle grade debut, and to me it's so obvious, reading this, that his background is in picture books, because this entire book felt like an extended picture book to me. Which I don't mean as a bad thing! This is a lovely story, simply written with a lot of heart, and it has a rather open-ended conclusion that I found vastly more satisfying than one that tied up all the loose ends. Highly recommended.

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Jan 11, 2018

Hiny thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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May 28, 2017

At the beginning of the story a hurricane came and sank a cargo ship loaded with robots. Only five crates survived the hurricane. After a while they reached land, four crates broke, and one survived. Then some otters came and played a little with the broken parts, broke open the last crate, and turned on the robot inside.
Later in the story, Roz (the robot) breaks her foot and has to make another. Winter comes to the island and it is the coldest winter of all. She makes more homes for the other animals. A lodge burns down and they put it out with snow. Winter is over and spring comes again.
At the end of the story three reco's come to retrieve Roz. They are killed, but Roz is hurt. She goes to the mainland to get repairs and then come back to her home. He takes the Reco's jet to get to the mainland. They are warned that more Reco's will come to retrieve Roz and bring him to the mainland.
I am 9 years old. I thought this book should be rated a 4/5 and is for 6-15 year olds.


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