The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, Book 1)
By: Peter Brown
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars
Update Feb 2021
Third time for me, first time with a new set if kiddos. I have nothing but praise for this book. I love it, the kids love it. Thank you Peter Brown for your amazing story!
One note this time: Parents, The Wild Robot ends on a sad note, and it’s a cliffhanger. You’re going to want to be ready to help your young readers navigate some tender disappointment…AND you’re going to want to have book 2, The Wild Robot Escapes, on hand immediately after book 1 is finished! Assure them that everything works out in the end!
I wish I had written The Wild Robot.
“What a great idea!”
“Ooo, I loved how that sounds.”
“Why didn’t I think of that?”
“I can’t believe he can say so much in so few words.”
“Not fair. I want this to have been my idea.”
Yep. I’m quoting myself. These thoughts, and many like them, popped in to my head on nearly every page.
I loved it so much I wish I’d written it myself.
Peter Brown is very, very good.
We loved…LOVED…The Wild Robot (Book #1).
I say we: I read it myself, was blown away, then immediately started over, reading it out loud to my littles. They inhaled it and embraced it, and when we finished we began [im]patiently waiting for The Wild Robot Escapes (Book #2).
We started it book 2 together on release day and finished it a few days later.
Friends, it was SO great! We teared (quietly) and cheered (loudly) at all the right places, and I’m still trying to figure out how a story about a robot with a goose for a son can have the same impact on a 5 year old, and 8 year old, and a 42 year old.
These are perfect middle-grade stories. The short, rapid fire chapters are perfect for reading aloud or for letting a 10-year-old feel like she is reading quickly. The simple sentence structure is flawless and a joy to read. Even the illustrations are beautiful, and whenever we came across one we’d stop reading a just stare at if for a few moments.
I’m telling you, there are few books with this much heart and even fewer with this much soul..and not just because Roz is robot.
My 8 year old has already declared her next birthday party will be a Wild Robot themed event, and they both have decided their friends need to read The Wild Robot too. A few times I even caught my tough-guy 11-year-old pretending to not be listening.
Really, I couldn’t recommend both The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes more. They are as close to perfect as I’ve ever read.
Original review, January 2016
It’s a middle grade chapter book. The few illustrations are beautiful, even in black and white on my Kindle. The short, rapid fire chapters are perfect for reading aloud or for letting a 10-year-old feel like she is reading quickly. The simple sentence structure is flawless and a joy to read.
I finished The Wild Robot, and immediately started reading it to my 7-and-under crew. They’re hooked.
That’s the highest compliment I can give.
My younger kids (7 and 4) and I have just finished reading The Wild Robot together and they loved it. LOVED it. I loved it all over again too–even though I’d just finished it myself before going back to the front with the kiddo’s. I’m telling you, this story is golden. We can’t wait for book two.