The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is a nominee for the Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award in the grades 3-5 category.
Welcome to unpopular opinion time starring your host….me! I have a history of having very unpopular book opinions. Hate is a bit of a strong word, but I very much dislike a lot of the most popular picture books. I will pass on Mo Willems and Eric Carle for pretty much anything else. So I guess it should be no surprise that while everyone else loves The Wild Robot I wasn’t really impressed.
Basically a robot washes ashore an uninhabited island when the ship transporting robots is wrecked at sea. Some otters accidentally activate Roz and then she works really hard to learn the language of the animals on the island and be accepted by them even going so far as to be a surrogate goose mother.
If you happen to care about spoilers you should stop reading about now.
So you know how a person who is into something can easily tell a knockoff? This feels like a faux studio ghibli movie. Oh humans are messing up the climate….but it never goes anywhere. Characters die and there is no drama with the death. Roz accidentally kills a goose family but saves an egg and the goose never has any conflicted feelings about it. Apparently humans are still pretty awful but robots are programmed not to do violence but also have no self defense. Also while the art is okay I didn’t think it was spectacular.
Meh. If Harry Potter doesn’t win this category on name recognition I suppose this will because everyone seems to love it.