The Wild Robot Escapes (hardcover)
by Peter Brown
When I first read The Wild Robot, I had high expectations for it. I’d heard a lot about it, and there was a lot of talk on Twitter and the reading communities I follow. I was disappointed. That’s why it took me awhile to buy it for my classroom, and I almost didn’t buy the sequel, except that a few of my students read it and enjoyed it, so I figured I’d buy it and read it, anyway. I loved the sequel!
In The Wild Robot Escapes, Roz finds herself refurbished on a farm. She is the new helper to a widower and his children. They’re mourning the loss of a wife and mother, and Roz is mourning the loss (or separation) of her son, Brightbill, who is now the leader of his flock of geese. Roz builds a relationship with the animals on the farm and the two children, and they help her escape by removing her tracking device. Roz is then free to escape and try to return home to their island, but not before facing danger and an important mystery person in her life.
What I liked about this book was that Roz gained a bigger sense of the world in her role as a mother. She also learned her purpose, which is to help. She stands firm in not causing harm to others, while still protecting those she loves. I think this is a great message for our children, that you can make change and stand up and protect others without resorting to violence or hurting others.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it had me hooked! It’s usually the first book that is awesome and the second one that is harder to enjoy, but this was engaging and filled with emotion from beginning to end. If you’re like me and you didn’t care for the first book so much, definitely give the second one a try. I even missed lunch with friends, because I had to read in my classroom alone.
Book 65 of 40
(Book 31 of 2018)