“The Wild Robot”

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Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown is known for his picture books for young readers.  “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” and the “Curious Garden”are two of his recent books that are very popular with readers five through eight.

“The Wild Robot” is Brown’s first chapter book geared to readers 8-12.9780316381994_p0_v2_s118x184.jpg

The crate containing Roz the robot has washed up on the shore of a remote island.  She wonders where she is and more importantly why is she there.  She is worried about fitting in and surviving among the island’s wild creatures, who are equally fearful of this metal creature.

In short, well-paced chapters, Brown tells his story sometimes from the perspective of Roz, sometimes told in third-person.  Through a series of deeds, Roz wins over the island’s creatures becoming an important member of the community.

Friendship, the environment, technology, cooperation are all topics that are interwoven in the plot.  This high interest/low reading level novel is especially appealing to reluctant readers.

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