The Wild Robot
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time on a remote island, after the boat transporting her sinks – activated by a curious otter who presses the button on the back of her neck.
She is a learning robot who has no idea what her purpose is, apart from to survive. At first, the wild animals are terrified of Roz as she’s a huge and scary looking metal robot. But things begin to change when she adopts a newly hatched gosling (after she falls on his family and crushes them all to death), and learns to become a wonderful mother and friend.
This is such an odd, original, thought-provoking and heartwarming tale. The book is a meditation on what it is to be human and, at the same time, an incredibly fun adventure. Readers will lose their heart to Roz and it’s a truly gripping read. The illustrations are also enigmatic and beautiful.
This is really a perfect children’s book that stays with you long after finishing; a modern-day classic in the making.