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The Wild Robot

Written by Peter Brown

Illustrated by Peter Brown

Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on The Wild Robot

25% Robots 25% Wild Animals 25% Family 25% Adventure

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2019

Peter Brown is best known for his picture books, including the sublime Mr Tiger Goes Wild and My Teacher is a Monster. The Wild Robot is his first book for older children and tells the story of a robot who is shipwrecked on an island, and creates a life for herself there. Finding herself on the remote island, Roz quickly realizes that she’ll have to learn survival skills from the island’s wild inhabitants then, inadvertently destroying a nest of goose eggs, ends up the adoptive mother to a gosling too and responsible for bringing him up. Though Roz doesn’t feel emotions, she has been designed to do the best job possible, and bringing up her adopted son calls for all sorts of adaptations. Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, the story is sure to inspire all readers with affection for robot Roz, and also to set them thinking about what it means to be human.

Runaway Robot by Frank Cotterell-Boyce is another wonderful robot adventure that poses its own set of AI questions.


The Wild Robot Synopsis

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is 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 fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realises 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, her mysterious past comes back to haunt her.


The Wild Robot Press Reviews

'An engaging tale that explores many important themes. We can only hope that Roz serves as the template for all future robots. Peter Brown's illustrations are as marvellous as ever!' Coralie Bickford-Smith, author of The Fox and the Star

We loved The Wild Robot. It's a story that anyone of any age can enjoy, if you approach it in the right spirit and are prepared to lose yourself in what is ultimately an uplifting campfire tale - Starburst Magazine

The Wild Robot has all the pathos and grace of The Iron Giant or a Studio Ghibli animation. It is nonetheless its own thing, a delicate, touching tale of survival, friendship and family - Financial Times

a strikingly illustrated novel... a beautiful story in so many ways, with a lot of depth about what it means to be a parent, to be part of a community, to be different, to make mistakes, to care for others and to overcome others' distrust - Juno Magazine

A boldly original and beguiling wild adventure - Piers Torday

This is such an odd, original, thought-provoking and heartwarming tale. The book is a meditation on what it is to be human and, at the same time, an incredibly fun adventure. Readers will lose their heart to Roz and it's a truly gripping read. The illustrations are also enigmatic and beautiful. This is really a perfect children's book that stays with you long after finishing; a modern-day classic in the making - Booktrust

A heartfelt story for ages six-plus about how even the oddest of us can find friends - we need Peter Brown to tell his fellow Americans how what seems strange and threatening can turn into love and joy - New Statesman

A moving and captivating tale about friendship and emotion, it is also beautifully illustrated by the author - WRD Magazine

An incredible story, encompassing a brilliant mash up of nature and technology - A Little But A lot

Robot sentience meets maternal love in the renowned author-illustrator Peter Brown's first foray into writing for older children, The Wild Robot (Piccadilly). Reminiscent of Ted Hughes's novel The Iron Man, with some of the curious, timeless quality of William Steig's Abel's Island. - Times Literary Supplement

Peter Brown, who illustrates as well as writes, offers a fable of friendship and family, with a subtle, embedded message about the need for a balance between technology and nature - Financial Times

'I really enjoyed reading the Wild Robot. Different parts of the story came to life and seemed real.' -- May, aged 8 - Simon Mayo's Books of the Year Podcast

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848127272
Publication date: 2nd January 2018
Author: Peter Brown
Illustrator: Peter Brown
Publisher: Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Peter Brown

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including the fabulously funny Mr Tiger Goes Wild. He has won a Caldecott Honor and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award. Peter lives in New York.

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