An endearing robot, talking forest animals, an abundance of adventure and a gentle exploration of what it means to be human make this a thought-provoking and captivating read. You will cry at the sad parts, laugh at the funny parts and take Roz and her animal friends to heart.
There is only one survivor when a cargo ship is sunk during a storm. Activated by a curious otter, ROZZUM unit 7134 is awoken to the world. Programmed to learn and survive, Roz is met with hostility by the island’s wild animals until she adopts a gosling, a result of accidentally destroying its family. Gradually the island begins to feel like home but when Roz’s past catches up with her it threatens to ruin everything…
The Wild Robot is a unique, at times strange, and an ultimately beautiful story of a robot trying to survive in the wild. Set in an unspecified time when high-tech robots are ferried around the world and climate change is causing wild weather, Peter Brown combines artificial life and wild animals in a heart-warming tale that overflows with kindness, empathy and understanding.
Despite being devoid of emotions and feelings, she is a robot after all, Roz is curious and observant - traits which are incredibly useful given that she has no idea where she has washed up, what she is supposed to be doing there or how to deal with the local island dwellers. Paying close attention to the other animals she learns how to survive, how to adapt, how to navigate the wild terrain and even how to avoid danger. Slowly, the fear and animosity of the animals gives way to the gradual beginnings of friendship. Spending time with the other animals and learning all about them nurtures a robot who is kind, caring, helpful and considerate and one who embraces the wonders of nature and the preciousness of love and family. Roz even develops the ability to communicate with the animals. And as the animals learn all about Roz they embrace her as part of their community and need her as much as she needs them.
With nods to the Iron Man and Charlotte’s Web, The Wild Robot is simple in its telling with plenty of big themes simmering just beneath the surface. More than just a robot survival story, this is about tolerance, acceptance, friendship, belonging and supporting those that you care about. Short and punchy chapters and beautiful black and white illustrations make The Wild Robot a very accessible and appealing read.
Recommended for 7+.