She’s back! You might not have been waiting with quite as much excitement as me, but SHE’S BACK!
This is how much I love Roz, the Wild Robot…
When the first book came out, I told almost everyone I knew about it more than once, even some people who don’t read middle grade. We need to get out of our boxes sometimes, right? Well, that was a book you should do that for!
I bought a copy to give to a teacher friend. When she didn’t read it right away, I admit I was a little annoyed. BUT this year, she read it as a read-aloud in the golden after-lunch “literature” time, and all the kids in her completely nuts third grade class loved it. They loved it so much that when I mistakenly said the new book was called The Wild Robot Returns, someone corrected me, because she had already been bugging her mom about getting the new book, which you can see is The Wild Robot Escapes.
So I pre-ordered a copy of the book for the class. Kids who are that excited about a book really need the sequel. And I put myself on hold for both the paper and electronic copies at the library, just to be sure I would be getting it close to its release date.
Because the e-book copy was released before either paper copies could arrive, I read it in the middle of the night – thank you, insomnia – and finished it by 7 a.m. on its book birthday.
Would you be surprised to find out I love it? Probably not. But loved it I did.
In the first book, Roz survived and adapted and thrived when she was the only surviving robot shipwrecked on an island. She became a parent, a leader, a builder, and a community member. She learned to speak with animals and worked with them to create a safe environment for all. Then those awful retrieval robots appeared and forced her back into human society.
She’s just been reformatted and sold to farmer at the beginning of The Wild Robot Escapes, and even though her life is one of repairing buildings and hanging out with dairy cows, you just know she is going to have a big adventure soon. Will she escape? Will she reconnect with her animal family? Can she outsmart a vindictive wolf? Will she be changing lives again?
I love Roz. She’s the perfect example of how what some people see as “defective” is really just different in a super wonderful way.
And if you’ve got a minute, check out the author’s blog post on creating Roz and the sequel – it’s pretty cool, too! Click here.
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown