Tuesday, June 14, 2016

THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot
Before reading THE WILD ROBOT, I shared it with my neighbor's nine year old grandson. When he finished it, he enthusiastically rated it 5 stars! Now that I've read it, I have to agree.

The story begins when a cargo ship is caught in a hurricane. The ship is loaded with crates containing robots - all of them model ROZZUM unit 7134. As the ship sinks, the crates float off only to be smashed against the rocks on the shore of a nearby island. One crate remains whole and is washed onto a high rock where it rests until the storm passes.

A group of otters investigates the stranded crate and tear it apart. One otter's paw reaches into the crate and accidentally bumps a button on the back of the robot's head. What follows is a whirring sound and movement inside the crate. In minutes the robot frees itself from the confines of the foam packing and gazes around its new home.

Readers discover that the ROZZUM unit 7134 is a female who introduces herself as Roz. A quick learner, Roz recognizes that she is on an island and soon identifies all the wildlife that surrounds her. Although she doesn't understand how she ended up on the island, she decides to make the best of it. What follows are some quirky and sometimes hair-raising adventures as Roz deals with her surroundings and makes herself at home.

Author Peter Brown explains that the story of the wild robot was one that began many years before final publication. Used to writing and illustrating children's picture books, Brown is charting new territory with Roz and her wild island. THE WILD ROBOT is a perfect reading adventure for ages 8-12 or anyone interested in wildlife and the environment.

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