Caramel is very interested in robots and last week he reviewed The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. This week he reviews the sequel: The Wild Robot Escapes. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I know you really wanted to read this second book about the Wild Robot Roz.
Caramel: Yes I really did. And I’m glad I did read it. Because it is great! As great as the first book was!
S: So that is a solid endorsement. I want to know more. So I remember Roz was stuck on an island last time.
C: No, actually in the end of that first book, she leaves the island in an airship the Ricos left and is heading to the mainland.
S: I see. Then what happens in this book? Where is she escaping from?
C: Well she ends up in the city. And she does not like it. She is a Wild Robot after all. She ends up working hard on a farm, and she doesn’t like it. She wants to escape that life and go back to her son, the gosling.
S: Oh, I see. Is the gosling still on the island?
C: Not quite. He is full grown now and is migrating with the other geese. So he does not live on the island all the time. But Roz wants to go back to the island. She was happy there. She felt like she belonged there.
S: I see.
S: So you really like this robot, Roz, don’t you?
C: Yes I do. I really would love to read more about her.
S: Why? Does this book also end with a cliffhanger?
C: No but I want to see what happens to her next.
S: I understand. That means this was a good book and made you really like and appreciate the characters.
C: Yes, I think this is a great book! I really like Roz! She is awesome!
S: How so?
C: She is smart, she is strong, she is also a good person. She wants to help people and animals. I really like her.
S: But she is a robot. Do you think she can feel and think and love and be loved?
C: Yes. I think so. Why would robots not be able to do any of that?
S: You are right of course. Many of today’s robots are not designed to have feelings and thoughts and love and be loved. But maybe one day there will be robots like Roz who have feelings and thoughts. I have even read about robots people have designed that help take care of people when they need help. It would be perfectly reasonable for those people to love those robots.
C: I think so!
S: Okay Caramel. So would you then recommend this book to other little bunnies like yourself?
C: Yes. But of course they should first read the first book. Otherwise they would not really know her story.
S: Great! What three words would you use for this book?
C: Funny, interesting, and happy.
S: I know you like happy books! What would you like to tell our readers as we wrap up this review?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!
4 thoughts on “Caramel reviews The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown”
I wonder, do robots have feelings because they were programmed to have them, or do the feelings evolve naturally. In an odd way, this reminds me of a moving, 2001 Steven Spielberg movie titled A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In the not-so-far future, the human race keeps advancing, reaching the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve them. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his “mother”, Monica. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurable disease. David is living happily with Monica and her husband, but when their real son returns home after a cure is discovered, his life changes dramatically. It was a real tear jerker. You can see the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/oBUAQGwzGk0
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