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Can A Robot Survive in the Wild?

The Wild Robot CoverPeter Brown is the author and illustrator of some wonderful picture books, but The Wild Robot is his first novel. It’s the charming and thought-provoking story of a robot who is stranded on an island inhabited only by animals when the cargo ship carrying her and hundreds of other units is wrecked in a storm. ROZZUM unit 7134 (Roz) is the only “survivor”.

Roz has no idea how she came to live on the island, as she has no memory of anything before she is activated by some curious otters. But she is programmed to do whatever it takes keep herself in working order. And that means adapting to her surroundings—fast!

The otters are not the only wild animals curious about Roz—but they are also frightened of her. After all, she is big, and shiny, and different. So at first they keep their distance. But Roz observes the animals, and quickly learns the unique ways each species is suited to the environment. In this way, Roz learns how to survive in the wilderness herself. When she rescues an egg and begins to raise the gosling as her own, the other animals slowly realize that Roz is not a monster after all. Roz is happy (well, as happy as a robot without feelings can be!) to live out her days on the island—but what will happen when a salvage ship comes looking for the lost robot cargo?

This book is perfect for readers age 8-12, or as a read aloud for even younger children. The chapters are short, the story well-written, and the book features some lovely, simple black and white illustrations. If you enjoy adventure stories, animal stories, or robot stories, you will enjoy this book.

Don’ t miss these other books by Peter Brown:

My Teacher Is A Monster (No I Am Not) Cover  Children Make Terrible Pets Cover  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Cover  You Will Be My Friend Cover

Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters

I just discovered the Disgusting Critters series, and I am so excited by it!

Each book in this series takes a look at a “disgusting” animal: worms, rats, lice, spiders, and more! The critter in question greets you on the cover, and stays with you throughout the book commenting on the facts and information (presented in lively, colourful text!) on each page.

Cover of the book "The Rat", with an illustration of a rat saying "Hi!" Cover of the book "The Slug", with an illustration of a slug saying "Yo!" Cover of the book "Head Lice",, with an illustration of a louse saying "Hey there!"
Cover of the book "the Spider", with an illustration of a spider saying "Howdy!" Cover of the book "The Toad", with an illustration of a toad saying "Greetings!" Cover of the book "The Fly", with an illustration of a fly saying "Hello!"

 

With cute and funny illustrations, they’re perfect examples of information books that are really fun to read; they even make great bedtime reads!

And, oh yeah, here at VPL, we have the series in French too!

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