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
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!".
When I heard about this book I just knew I had to get it. And so I did, it took me a bit longer to finally read it (so much other books I want to read). Wow, this was just a stunning, gorgeous book.
This review won't be long, I want everyone to find out about Roz on their own for most. So I will just keep it general.
The book starts with a storm, a hurricane, a robot who survives the hurricane and strands in her crate on a tiny island. This book follows the robot through a year on this island. I really loved to see Roz change, to see her become less robot, to see her become more kind, more filled with emotions. It was such a delight. Especially when you add the changing of the seasons to this mix. You see the island change, you see how Roz is living in each season, how she is adapting. And you also see the island change, the animals grow, and go on with their life.
We have various new characters that pop up, but my favourite would be Brightbill. He was just so adorable, so sweet, and it was fun to see him grow from tiny to adult.
The story was really beautiful, and I just couldn't stop reading. I just wanted to know how it would continue.
The story is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations which truly made the story come to life even more.
The ending was heartbreaking, gorgeous, though I do wish they added an epilogue to it. It would have made the book even more awesome and it would give me the conclusion that I miss now.
Still I would give this book a 5+ star because it just deserves that so much. It is a gorgeous, stunning, heartbreaking, beautiful book and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com