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Format:
Title:
The wild robot
ISBN:
9780316381994

9780605947436
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Physical Description:
279 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
1.
Summary:
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

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 realizes 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, the robot's mysterious past come back to haunt her. From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide. -- from dust jacket.
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.

740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts! 4.5.

Accelerated Reader MG 5.1 5.0 180673.

AR 5.1 5.0.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 5 180673.
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Summary

Summary

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?
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 realizes 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, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.


Author Notes

Peter Brown grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey. He received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After college, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and spent several years painting backgrounds for animated TV shows. In 2003, he got a book deal to write and illustrate his first picture book Flight of the Dodo. His other works include The Curious Garden, which won the 2010 E.B. White Award and the Children's Choice Award, Children Make Terrible Pets, and You Will Be My Friend.

He is the illustrator of Creepy Carrots! by author Aaron Reynolds. His title Mr. Tiger Goes Wild made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Though Roz, a robot, is initially viewed with suspicion when she finds herself on an isolated island, she soon becomes part of the natural order, parenting an orphaned gosling and providing shelter for the animals. But is there really a place for her within this ecosystem? Interspersed with charming black-and-white illustrations, this sweetly quirky fish-out-of-water tale will have readers contemplating questions about life, death, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Brown's middle-grade debut, an uplifting story about an unexpected visitor whose arrival disrupts the animal inhabitants of a rocky island, has a contemporary twist: the main character is a robot. A hurricane deposits Roz (short for ROZZUM unit 7134) on the island, where she is accidentally activated by a group of sea otters, who are terrified by the shiny monster awakening before their eyes. At first, Roz struggles to survive in an environment where she is treated as a frightening intruder, but after she adopts an abandoned gosling, she slowly becomes part of the island community, learning animal language and taking on motherhood and a leadership role. Brown (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild) convincingly builds a growing sense of cooperation among the animals and Roz as she blossoms in the wild. The allegory of otherness is clear but never heavy-handed, and Roz has just enough human attributes to make her sympathetic while retaining her robot characteristics. Brown wisely eschews a happy ending in favor of an open-ended one that supports the tone of a story that's simultaneously unsentimental and saturated with feeling. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

When five shipping crates from a doomed ship crash ashore on a deserted island, only one of them -- containing our robot protagonist -- is lucky enough to survive undamaged. ROZZUM unit 7134 quickly switches herself on, announces that "you may call me Roz," and begins this unlikeliest of Robinsonades. Luckily, Roz has been designed to teach herself and thus gradually acclimates herself to life in the wild among the islands creatures, who themselves must adjust to her. While Brown is honest about the harshness of wilderness life (and informative about the nature and challenges of the islands ecosystem), most of the crises in the book are relatively low-key and managed within a few chapters -- all very short and often ending with cliffhangers, making the book a natural for classroom reading-aloud. The omniscient direct-address prose is simple and declarative, but plenty of emotion is evoked by the characters, even Roz, who claims not to even have emotions, but whose mothering of an orphaned goose tells us different. In his first novel, picture-book creator Brown (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, rev. 11/13) includes plenty of spot art whose grayscale geometric stylization of the natural world lends both mystery and sophistication to the books look. A closing assault on the island by robots sent to retrieve Roz is a bit much, but it provides an open ending, or perhaps a hint that a sequel may be in the works. Either way, Roz is not easy to forget. roger sutton(c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A sophisticated robotwith the capacity to use senses of sight, hearing, and smellis washed to shore on an island, the only robot survivor of a cargo of 500. When otters play with her protective packaging, the robot is accidently activated. Roz, though without emotions, is intelligent and versatile. She can observe and learn in service of both her survival and her principle function: to help. Brown links these basic functions to the kind of evolution Roz undergoes as she figures out how to stay dry and intact in her wild environmentnot easy, with pine cones and poop dropping from above, stormy weather, and a family of cranky bears. She learns to understand and eventually speak the language of the wild creatures (each species with its different "accent"). An accident leaves her the sole protector of a baby goose, and Roz must ask other creatures for help to shelter and feed the gosling. Roz's growing connection with her environment is sweetly funny, reminiscent of Randall Jarrell's The Animal Family. At every moment Roz's actions seem plausible and logical yet surprisingly full of something like feeling. Robot hunters with guns figure into the climax of the story as the outside world intrudes. While the end to Roz's benign and wild life is startling and violent, Brown leaves Roz and her companionsand readerswith hope. Thought-provoking and charming. (Science fiction/fantasy. 7-11) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In the wake of a hurricane, a crate washes up on an island's shore, where some curious otters tug it open, accidentally pressing a button as they do so. A shiny, new robot ROZZUM unit 7134 whirs to life. What follows is not a flash-bang robot adventure but a WALL-E-esque tale of wilderness survival and friendship. Roz is clearly not built for life in the wild, but she uses her ability to learn from her surroundings to adapt. By observing the island's animals (who initially think she is a monster), she learns to camouflage herself and eventually speak their language. When she adopts an orphaned gosling, the island's animals finally warm to her. Although there is much about the story that charms, Brown doesn't gloss over the harsher aspects of life in the wild animals hunt each other and die of exposure but a logic-driven robot provides the perfect way to objectively observe nature's order. One day a ship arrives, shattering the island's peace and activating Roz's survival instincts and with good reason. Brown's first attempt at writing for an older audience is a success, and though this Caldecott honoree's final artwork was not seen, his illustrations should certainly enhance the story. Readers will take a shine to Roz, and an open ending leaves room for more robot adventures. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Brown's picture books are consistent best-sellers and critically acclaimed. Expect readers to go wild for his robot-themed novel.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2015 Booklist


New York Review of Books Review

IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, many books are created through the collaboration of two separate, yet equally important groups: word people and picture people. Word people include writers, editors and proofreaders. Picture people include illustrators, designers and art directors. A word person is good with vocabulary and uses too much punctuation in text messages. A picture person is good with colors and has opinions about pencils. Every so often, you'll meet a rare hybrid: someone good with words and pictures. I call these people "overtalented jerks." Peter Brown is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author. Peter Brown is also a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator. Up until now, the books he has written have been picture books. Some might argue that the pictures in them are actually more important than the words. "The author has it easy," your Aunt Sharon might inform you. "The hard part is illustrating, making all those pictures." "Do the words even matter in a picture book?" your friend Jake might inquire. "Most little kids can't read yet." "When are you going to write a real book?" the voice in your head might whisper as you try to fall asleep. These are just a few purely hypothetical examples, but the sad truth for picture-book authors is, if we want the word people to accept us as one of their own, we eventually have to write a book that doesn't need pictures. So congratulations to Peter Brown, who, with his middle-grade debut, a novel called "The Wild Robot," has firmly planted his flag in the middle of the word person/picture person Venn diagram. We're all very happy for him and not jealous at all. Brown has written a lively tale that is sure to engage young readers. A gentle, omniscient narrator shares the story of Roz, a friendly robot who inexplicably finds herself shipwrecked on an island full of wild animals. Roz is curious but clumsy. After her first calamity-filled attempt to explore the wilderness, she realizes she was not designed for off-roading. Though Roz doesn't "really feel emotions," she does experience a desire to "become a better robot." That's how she was designed. To that end, she decides to analyze the natural inhabitants of the island and learn how they flourish in such a seemingly harsh environment. In the world Brown has created, all the animals in the forest share a language that Roz quickly decodes and learns to speak fluently (one of the many advantages of having a computer for a brain). She discovers that the animals hold a community meeting each morning, during which predator and prey set aside their instincts to discuss the latest island gossip peacefully. In fact, the animals in this story are quite sophisticated. The beavers teach Roz advanced construction techniques, the deer show her how to garden, and a turtle laments the effects of climate change. The line between instinct and learned behavior here is a bit fuzzy, and readers are left to ponder which is more unnatural, a raccoon who learns to make a fire or a robot who learns to make friends. While Brown may see potential for a harmonious balance between technology and nature, by the end of the novel, Roz's future on her beloved island looks bleak. But she picks up some pretty strong survival instincts during her time in the great outdoors, and something tells me we have not seen the last of this wild robot. Lest the picture people feel betrayed by this nearly 300-page novel, Brown has gone ahead and illustrated the story. Textured black-and-white images are sprinkled throughout the book. There's a robot gazing into the distance as a bird flies into the sky on the facing page. A menagerie of animals parades across two pages while the passages above describe the procession. From time to time, Brown leans on his picture-book instincts and lets the artwork land a punch line or surprise. Though he adds a few thousand words' worth of pictures to the book, he has written a story that easily stands on its own. ADAM RUBIN is the author of picture books including "Dragons Love Tacos" and, most recently, "Robo-Sauce."