The Wild Robot is special. I was interested in the premise of a robot in the wild when it is usually the opposite, like a robot among humans or humans going into the wild. I saw one review that said this book is like a video game. I knew it would be a cool story and it didn’t disappoint.
First, I love the illustrations and the writing. While I was reading I felt that the book was so precious I wanted to take my time with it! First, the book is illustrated and written by Peter Brown, who has illustrated picture books. It gave life to the simple language he uses in this book. I’m a big fan of this writing style that is very clean yet descriptive. Everything sounds factual. It was like reading a picture book for older kids/adults and very unique.
So there are no human characters in this book. It might sound boring reading a book about a robot and a bunch of animals but it wasn’t at all. Roz and her son Brightbill showed emotion as true as any other mother-son pair and by the end of the story, they will have won you over. Roz went from a strange outsider on the island to the sweet robot that the animals all fought to keep.
I was worried that the animals would somehow turn against Roz but they didn’t. There were a couple points in the story that I thought would be a conflict between Roz and the animals, but they turned out not to be because Roz was so understanding (well-programmed?) and the animals have a relationship with her. She learned survival strategies and introduced new and better ways to live on the island. With or without Roz, there exists a delicate balance and harmony among the animals on the island.
Favorite part: When Roz wore her “party dress” for her party. 🙂
TWR reminds of a Ghibli film with the theme of nature vs. technology. Brown has crafted a thoughtful and human robot that doesn’t compete with or replace anything, but still makes you think about what it means to live and how we survive. A robot who is capable of mothering – is there anything more human than that? I highly recommend this book to adults and kids alike. It raises interesting questions and will make you feel and think.