Caramel has always found robots fascinating. Today he talks about The Wild Robot, a 2016 book by Peter Brown with a robot main character. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel I know you like robots, but I don’t remember you reading many novels about them. Is this the first one?
Caramel: I think so.
S: So can you tell us what the book is about?
C: In the beginning there is a ship in the sea. The ship sinks in a hurricane or some type of storm. And thousands of robots are lost to the sea. Six of them land on an island. One box survives totally unharmed.
S: What happens to the other five?
C: They are destroyed. The only survivor is the robot who is the main character of the book.
S: So this robot is all alone in an island. Is the island inhabited by humans?
C: No. There are other animals though. Forest animals, like deer.
S: Does the robot interact with them?
C: Yes. At first they are scared of her. But seriously, wouldn’t you be scared if a giant robot appeared out of nowhere?
S: Wait, so the robot is a ‘she” and she is huge!
C: No she is not too big, she is human-sized, but the animals are not used to seeing humans either. Some say that the island was a mountain that had contact with the mainland but not anymore.
S: Hmm, so the robot is wild because it is in the wilderness?
C: Yes, and also because she also learns to speak with the animals.
S: Wait I am sorry. The robot is a ‘she”. How do we know that?
C: She calls herself a “she”. And her name is Roz.
S: That’s enough for me.
S: So is the whole book about the robot and her adventures in this island with these animals?
C: Yes, more or less. Eventually she finds a baby goose, a gosling, and she raises it as her own child.
S: That’s interesting. Does she not need fuel or energy or something? How does she charge herself?
C: I don’t know really. Maybe she is solar powered. She does have solar packs.
S: I see. This is a very interesting premise for a story Caramel.
C: Yes, she likes the island and gets so used to it that she calls it home.
S: That is cool. So did you enjoy reading this book?
C: Yes. And it ends with a big cliffhanger. So I have to read the second book!
S: Oh, so there is a second book. But this story does have some sort of a resolution, right?
C: Yes, I guess. But the end makes you curious about what will happen next. We learn a lot more about Roz and her past. There are three other robots! They are called the Recos I, II and III. And so I want to read the next book. Can I be done here so I can start reading that one?
S: Okay, then why don’t you tell me three words you would use to describe the book before we wrap this review up?
C: It’s exciting, it is funny. There is adventure, and lots of curious things happening. And cliff-hanging.
S: Hmm, not sure that last one is a word, but I know what you mean. Let us not keep you hanging any longer. So what do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!