The Wild Robot by Peter BrownThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot

byPeter Brown

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustra...
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Title:The Wild RobotFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.62 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.62 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316381993

ISBN - 13:9780316381994

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing, until the end. The first 70% of The Wild Robot is adorable. This middle aged story is void of humans and our lead character is instead a robot. One that can learn and analysis things in order to determine the best course of action based on databases stored in it's logs (things like survival, animal types, etc.). Peter Brown has taken the idea of a conscious AI and given it life in our Robot. <b>The Animals</b> Just as key to the story as the robot itself are the animals on the island. Each is a character in it's own right. Especially our little baby goose without a mother; and a super chatty squirrel. Our robot learns to 'speak' to the animals in their own voices (ie: honks, chatters, etc.) and eventually begins to become a part of the community of the forest. Many younger children are likely to be enamored by the animals if they can't quite get the idea of a robot that has pseudo-feelings. <b>The Ending</b> Unfortunately Peter Brown misses the mark by a few extra ships wrecked on islands when it comes to the end of The Wild Robot. As things become less about the robot and the island's weather conditions and other inhabitants; we start to see The Wild Robot devolve into too literal of a moral story that is too obvious in it's use of technology and advancement as an excuse for things to happen. I missed the cute robot from the beginning in the last quarter of this story. That said it is a series and so perhaps book 2 could bring things back around? <b>Overall</b> If you have a little boy or girl that is obsessed with the idea of robots or computers this is a great way to introduce them to animals and the idea of weather and nature. On the flip side it's a great way to take a child who loves the forest and animals and start them thinking about what happens when technology is introduced. There are certainly good morals and pieces of story here for a child under 10 to read and/or hear. It's important that we remember that children today don't know what the world was like before we could tweet, text, look-up every answer and interact at a moments notice. The Wild Robot gives them a bit of an insight into what 'camping' without connected technology might be like. I also believe it's context surrounding what is a 'monster' and which is an ideal that children cannot hear often enough these days.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! My daughter (7yrs old) is reading it in her class and she has been raving about it. I picked one up to read together at home and it is a keeper. Wording is descriptive and you can feel the space Roz is in. So glad there are books like this out there for the kids these days.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book about survival and community I was previewing this book for a unit I am teaching about natural resources. It was a great example of how nature is used for survival and that we can learn from creation. I hope to use this in my class as an option for literature circles.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT read! I read this book outloud with my 9 and 11 year old sons and they LOVED it! The chapters are nice and short, so it's easy to put it on pause and start again....although each chapter is such a cliff-hanger you won't want to put this book down. A lovely story about love, friendship, adaptation and kindness.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot put the book down My little Grader was so attached to the book and couldn't put it down. On the second book and already hoping there will be a third to follow.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Not what i was expecting, but it was a fun and easy read that connects great with STEM learning and the ability to change and adapt. Good for kids 8-12 years old.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Ride Definitely a fun read for my students. This book teaches kids the importance of friendship, compassion, and doing the right thing. I recommend this book for kids 9-12. I hope they enjoy it!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids love this book! The pictures, the theme, the characters... what's not to love?
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from funny it was really funny because a robot had a son. and I will recommend this book to 7-13 because it has juicy words you may not understand
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an amazing book. I got this for my birthday this past Tuesday and it is even better the second time reading. Read The Wild Robot in class at school, and the whole class, myself, and my teacher loved it. The book was a Global Read-Aloud.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT My son read it in school. He loves the cliff hangers!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THE COVER! Very emotional and sad, yet interesting to read
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Fabulous story complemented by gorgeous illustrations.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son cried! My children's school did this as their One School One Book program this year. It was so much fun to read this with my boys (5 and 7) and they really enjoyed it. We had fun using different voices for the unique characters, we laughed, we got scared and at the end of the book my 5 year old even cried he was so invested in the characters. They can't wait for a sequel as they need to know what the future holds for Roz, and so do I!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My children loved this My children (ages 4 & 6) loved this story; we've read it twice already!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wild Robot I read this book to a WILD group of SKs. They were silent for the 45 minutes I read it to them every day. The story is enchanting and really invites kids to think about empathy, friendships, and inclusion. We had wonderful, engaged conversations. It is a great read aloud for 5-7 year olds. Many parts were scary and there are guns. The book was written like there may be a sequel.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We loved this! A big hit, amazing book with a great message and beautiful illustrations.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of our best reads of the year I read this book to my 6 year old daughter who loves animals and my 3 year old son who loves robots. It was a perfect book for both, lots of action, compassion, loyalty, and adventure. Very well written and poignant for both the kids and myself. The illustrations too are beautiful. My son has asked me every week since we finished it three months ago when will we get "The Wild Robot Returns". My hope is that there is indeed a second book in the works!
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read in 1 Week by 11 Yr. Old My son who would prefer graphic novels chose this book as a compromise (or bribe) to me buying him a graphic novel of his choice. He started this novel on a Sunday night and continued an hour a day until he was done the following Sunday. He loved this book with its mixture of technology and animals. When we returned to get a new book, he looked specifically for this author.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming book about relationships This is a beautiful book, both in terms of illustrations and layout, but in terms of message. It features a robot who starts the story knowing nothing but learns to care for others, to make friends and to grow. It has important messages about family, friendship and the environment that are both important and touching. It is definitely intended for younger readers and would make a good stepping stone between the beginning chapter books and full length novels.
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful Pictures Beautiful illustrations, but for me the story was just too simple. Yes this is intended for younger readers but I still felt that the writing was lacking.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for young children! A heartwarming tale about a Robot who finds herself stranded on an island that is uninhabited by humans. This robot, named Roz, learns how to survive, make friends and become a loving mother. I believe that this book could actually be read by younger readers (than the target audience) because of the simple language, short chapters and vivid pictures that work to engage interest. The structure of this book would make it an excellent fit for reading out loud in classrooms because of the short chapter lengths. The illustrations are beautifully done (from what was included in the ARC). There are many important lessons included that are relevant to young readers, such as: family ties, community, friendship, kindness, climate change and disability. Warning there is some death included.
Date published: 2016-03-30

From the Author

Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter BrownCan a robot survive in the wilderness? When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her.From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

Editorial Reviews

"Roz is not easy to forget."-The Horn Book