April 25, 2018

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The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown | SLJ Review

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redstarBROWN, Peter. The Wild Robot Escapes. illus. by Peter Brown. 288p. Little, Brown. Mar. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316382045. POP

Gr 3-6 –The lovable robot, Roz (The Wild Robot), was last seen being ripped away from her goose son, Brightbill, and hauled unwillingly back to the factory for the Makers to repair and reassign her. She is reactivated on Hilltop Farm, where Mr. Shareef expects her to tend to farm duties, including caring for the many cows and making repairs around the farm. She is programmed to obey orders, including those from Mr. Shareef’s children, Jaya and Jad. Roz is homesick for her prior life on the remote island with her goose son, and all of her other animal friends, but she feels trapped, and fears Mr. Shareef will find out her secret—that she is “defective” and able to think, plan, and speak the languages of the animals. Roz is torn: while she enjoys helping on the farm and spending time with the children, she desires a reunion with her son even more. With the children’s help and blessing, and the cows’ assistance, Roz develops an escape plan. Readers need not have read the first installment to enjoy this sequel, though fans will root for Roz and Brightbill’s reunion. Brown’s illustrative talent is featured in black-and-white drawings throughout. ­VERDICT Science fiction meets fantasy in this delightful sequel that gives readers a unique look into what technology could someday have in store. A must-buy for any middle grade collection.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2018 issue.

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