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The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, 1) Paperback – Illustrated, April 7, 2020
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316382000
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316382007
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 740L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very minor spoilers to follow: I took one star away only because it sort of vilifies humans. And it gets quite violent towards the end, where some of our main characters as well as our favorite robot are suffering at the hands of humans. I understand that we humans encroach upon and destroy nature and it affects a lot of natural habitats, and we need to be more mindful of that. I had simply hoped that in the story humans would maybe learn a lesson, or there would be at least one good person. I guess the author could be trying to teach these principles to kids by making the robot set the example, but I don't know if kids are going to relate to a robot as much as they would a human, or human child. I think may be the robot could have used a young human friend. Maybe I'm wrong. The robot certainly is an adequate role model to follow. And there is a sequal coming out. Maybe in the sequal the robot will have a human friend, or teach humans how to be more mindful of nature.
In conclusion, as a parent I would just be slightly concerned that my child might come away from this story with bit of hatred or disdain for mankind. Some children might, while others might not. You be the judge. Im just not sure if the idea of humans being muderous villians, with no redemption, is the kind of message you want to be sending to a child at a very young age. In the end I would recommend this to people of all ages because it is a good tale and it's very original. Just maybe read it before you give it to your child.
In general, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It definitely feels like an extended children's illustrated storybook, and that's not a bad thing. However, it might take a bit for some folks to really get into the groove of the novel--as, for a kids book, the real "story" takes a bit to truly get moving.
Along those lines, this is definitely for younger readers. But some parents / guardians / those-reading-the-book-aloud-to-someone might be caught off guard by the surprising violence near the book's end. For such a fun and cute story--even with some small moments of natural darkness--the climactic chapters seemed a bit much and out of place for such a story.
Still, it has solid writing and a fun story, and the artwork is truly gorgeous. Brown's work is fantastic, and I'm glad to see that his long-form storytelling is almost as solid as his short form. It might not have been the norm for him, but I'll be there to read his next middle-grade novel, too.
Pros: Charlotte’s Web meets The Iron Giant in this debut novel from illustrator Peter Brown. The story is touching without being sappy or emotional, and thought-provoking without being preachy. Brown’s own illustrations are generously inserted throughout the text. If I were on the Newbery committee, this would be going to the top of my list.
Cons: The ending is a little dark. Until the last few chapters, I thought this would be a perfect read-aloud for grades 2 and up. Now I would say grade 3 or even 4 would be the youngest. Read it first if you’re not sure.
This book is so, so moving, and it's an incredibly fast read with 80ish, short chapters. I downloaded it on my Kindle and literally read it while I did chores around the house.
The concept of this book...a machine (a robot) infiltrating the wilderness...spells trouble. But what happened was poetry.
Roz and her story help teach the reader about respecting others, loving despite differences and fierce loyalty in times of crisis.
I don't want to give away too much, but this quote was a favorite..."Brightbill had been Roz’s son from the moment she picked up his egg. She had saved him from certain death, and then he had saved her. He was the reason Roz had lived so well for so long."
The animals and Roz become one community and are there for each other in every way...and it's beautiful. I'm hopeful for a second book.
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In terms of teacher stuff:
• The language is rich and interesting but easy to read and decipher.
• The chapters are short but full of information. There isn't a single chapter that has been anything close to filler. One of my TAs said the book would have been perfect for her son because he couldn't handle reading long books, but with the short chapters - some of less than a full page - he would have been able to handle this.
• The way the author uses subtle hints to create a picture is so creative and lends itself really well to high level inference and figuring out context from words used.
Most importantly though, as someone who has read the book to see if they'd enjoy it as a story -- it's such a gorgeous tale of belonging and fitting in that I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in about 2 hours and couldn't stop. Even the slow build start is interesting enough for my kiddos to want to devour it just like I did.
A wonderful story and I'm so glad our random number generator picked this from our 100 list and then that my kids voted for it.
Doesn't mean I didn't like it; I possibly appreciated the inferences - such as the manufacturer's name - much more than she would.
Didn't actually like the illustrations but ... you can't have everything.