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The Wild Robot Escapes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316382043
LANGUAGE:English

"This review and others posted over at my blog.

I loved this book and thought it was adorable. Not quite as strong as its predecessor, true, but still a strong sequel with illustrations that I’d love to see in color!

You’ll want to read the first book, The Wild Robot, if you haven’t already, as this is a direct sequel. Once again, Roz finds herself learning to adapt to a new lifestyle and making friends (and enemies) among the local animals. She must adjust to life on a farm, which is more high-tech than you’d think. There are all sorts of other machines for her to tend to, though none really think and speak like she does, and she is constantly tracked by her new owner, making escape nearly impossible.

As ever, Roz is curious and kind, doing her best to learn new things and care for her animal friends, while trying to hatch a plan to escape. The first half of the story is about her life on the farm and her newfound friendship with the cows and the farmers two children, the second is about her adventures through the wild. I think I preferred the farm portion a bit more because it shows more of Roz’s personality. She wants to do well at her new job, but she is burdened with hiding her wild past and her ability to talk to animals. Her relationship with the children is cute too. The latter half of the book is a bit more hectic, with Roz moving from one environment to the next. She gets in a few scrapes, but gets out of them so quickly that there doesn’t seem to be a lot at stake. This could have been an issue in the first book, but I just don’t remember.

I think some of the adventures could have been cut in order to spend more time on others, but overall this was another fun story in the life of Roz. I realize it’s on the younger end of middle grade and I don’t mind the simplicity of the tale. I certainly hope there will be a third book!

I think this is a great book for younger readers, whether they can read on their own or they enjoy being read to. I’m also sorely tempted to get some of the artwork, as Brown sells prints! I think these books need a color run in the future!
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"In his author's note, Peter Brown says he imagined Roz "being torn between the natural world and the civilized world" and that's why he wrote this sequel.

That conflict is not in this book.

On page 23, Roz says "I will try to escape." The next 200 pages involve Roz plotting an escape, then on the run. There are a few new underdeveloped characters, like the farm family Roz soon escapes from or a wolf motivated by revenge, but we learn nothing new about Roz or Brightbill, her goose son. Brown's artwork is stunning, but the book itself is not.

Things take a turn in the book's climax when Roz literally meets (view spoiler)" said.

"The illustrations continue to compliment the story so anyone listening to it only gets about 80% of the story. And Brown continues his adventures of Roz, the robot programmed to do what people ask of her. She learned to survive on an island and can talk to animals in the first book and in this one she has bee reprogrammed to work on a family farm though she eagerly awaits word from her son, Brightbill, a goose.

The stories she tells the two kids on the farm are her own stories and they're regaled by them. Roz does what she needs to do, but she is not truly happy. The kids recruit themselves to remove her transponder so that she may escape off the farm and then find her way back to the island with Brightbill. Adventure, humor, sadness, anxiety, and perseverance all combine for this beautiful story that I can't wait to share with my kids. I want to read this aloud. It's a perfect readaloud in addition to bringing up conversations about who family really is, what truly makes anyone happy, and more.
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"Sequels have a lot to live up to when you have fallen in love with the first book. I really enjoyed Peter Brown's Wild Robot. It was an original story with the main character Roz a robot who found herself on a deserted island. In the story she learns to become part of the wild environment by observing and helping a goose she adopts named Brightbill and becomes a part of the animal community on the island. It has many feel good messages about kindness, family and the environment.

The sequel begins with Roz being rebuilt and placed in a new setting of a farm with a family who has undergone a tragic loss affecting them personally and their livelihood . The setting of the farm creates new adventures regarding relationships and how Roz again needs to adapt to belong. Roz is successful at winning the hearts of the family and the animals but always longs for Brightbill and the day they can be reunited and return to their home of the island. The sequel provides the opportunity for Reynolds to turn the tables and have the farm community help Roz be reunited with Brightbill.

A book already in the library and off to fans of the first book who eagerly and patiently waited to find out what happened to Roz and Brightbill.
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" I think this book is great for children because it’s full of things that kids imagine and it has so many quotes it’s just such a great book! " said.

"I enjoyed this sequel to The Wild Robot but not quite as much as the first one. It is still a great read but it was hard to beat the magic of the first story. I've always been that way though - I prefer to read Tarzan while he is living with the Apes or Crocodile Dundee when he is in the outback, once the story flips to the city, my interest always seems to fade.

Though I did feel like the story picked up a lot after Roz's farm escape. I think some of the questions and conundrums that were brought up in the final chapters were very interesting and I almost wish that had happened *first* so that Roz could have been pondering the idea of "if one robot can break the rules, what if they all did?"

This might not bother the actual target demo for this book though and if you enjoyed the first book, definitely pick this one up!
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" It's been a long wait to read of Roz's fate, but worth it for her to finally have the ending she deserves. You wouldn't think it, but there's just something quaint and comforting about these stories that don't focus so much on the humans, but instead on the robots and animals. This book and its predacessor are definitely worth the read and such an easy recommendation to kids of all ages, those looking for a good read aloud and young kids reading well above their level. " said.

" It's very rare for me to love a sequel as much as I love the first book, but Mr. Brown has done it. To say this one was action packed is to do it a disservice. Not only does it tackle some huge questions (What makes us human? What makes robots robots?) it is a fun adventure! Loved it! " said.

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