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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

We are geese,

And geese keep going.

 

We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.

 

Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.

 

The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.

 

The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.

 

Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.

 

 

 

I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00

 

 

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text 2017-06-19 04:08
Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 7 Read
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

 

The main character is a robot, but she interacts and talks to the animals on the island. So, talking animals (check) and a sunshine state 17-18 book (check). Perfect!!

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review 2017-06-17 00:45
Am I no longer afraid of robots?
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown has both fascinated me and frightened me for at least 2 months now. I kept seeing the cover when I was shelving or visiting other branches and the image of the single robot standing on top of a pile of rocks kept leaping out at me. I finally gave up the fight when I decided that middle grade fiction was the way to cure my book reading blues. I'm glad that I did because The Wild Robot was a lot of fun to read (and it turns out it's the start of a series!) made even more amazing by the superb illustrations supplied by the author. [A/N Peter Brown is no stranger to creating books as he's a well-known children's picture book author/illustrator but this is his first attempt at middle grade fiction.] This isn't your standard 'robot story' but instead it's a look at climate change, the ever-evolving landscape of our world with the advent of technology, and what it means to be truly alive. In short, it's beautiful, thought-provoking literature. The illustrations peppered throughout enhance the story by adding depth to the characters (I love that they're black and white.). Roz is doing the best she can given her circumstances which is really all that anyone can do. The only difference is that she's an artificial lifeform living on an island without any humans. How will this shape her? Will her presence have any effect on the local fauna and flora? Brown's commentary on our world is perfectly geared for a younger audience but it wouldn't go amiss for the adult crowd either. ;-) I can't wait to see how this story continues to develop as Peter carries on with the series. 10/10

 

For a look at the book from the author's perspective check out this awesome post written by Peter about his process of getting his book published: "The Wild Robot lives!".

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-01-29 23:00
Week 4 of 2017
Fer-de-Lance - Rex Stout,Loren D. Estleman
Shouldn't You Be in School? - LemonySnicket
Paper Moon - Joe David Brown,Peter Bogdanovich
Calvin and Hobbes: There's Treasure Everywhere - Bill Watterson
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson

Books Read: 5

 

 

"Shouldn't You Be in School": This is the third book in the All the Wrong Questions series. 4 stars

 

Paper Moon: The back of the copy I have compares this with To Kill a Mockingbird, they're not in the same league at all. I found the characters extremely annoying and the book wondered all over until the last couple of chapters. The ending itself was unsatisfying and I really wouldn't recommend this. 2 1/2 stars

 

There's Treasure Everywhere and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: I don't have much to say about these two, it's Calvin and Hobbes. 4 stars

 

Fer-De-Lance: Nero Wolfe ranks up there with Sherlock Holmes and Flavia for me. The books are dated and I found myself cringing at some of the comments made throughout, but I still love them. 4 stars.

 

Total Read for the Month: 12

 

I'm doing good so far this year and I'm on schedule, a little ahead in fact to complete 100 books this year.

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review 2016-12-29 10:28
A Bath Painter's Travels, Peter Brown
Peter Brown: New Paintings & Drawings of Bath: A Bath Painter's Travels - Peter Brown

So, Pete "the Street" Brown's latest exhibition is on at The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, and of course, I picked up this catalogue afterwards, (along with the previously reviewed, older book of London paintings).

 

It's good to see Pete still painting Bath and making it fresh by diversifying into sunset and even night paintings, along with no longer being so disdainful of some of the more iconic central Bath architecture. (For instance, there are several paintings of the Abbey in this collection.) It's also good to see the wide range of places he's painted across the country and abroad. The most surprising of these was the choice to go to Glastonbury Festival!

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