What a lovely book! If you believe me already, you could go and order the book, make a nice cup of tea, enjoy a biscuit, and enjoy a job well done. If you need a little more convincing , then here goes.
Peter Brown’s debut novel (better known for his picture books) has completely set my class alight this year. Among my Year 5 readers, this book quickly turned from pristine hardback to a battered tome with an extensive waiting list. The plot is centred around Roz, a robot, who is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. We are told that she has no feelings or emotions, but as she gets to know the animal inhabitants (and speaks their language) this changes.
It is a fab twist on the shipwreck plot, and manages to engage a wide range of readers. In Year 5, it is great for enticing reluctant or less confident readers with its short chapters and pretty illustrations; for my stronger readers it represents a quick read with long lasting ideas and fondness. I think it would work nicely in lower KS2, and would definitely be a lovely read aloud across the age phases (it was the Global Read Aloud in 2017!).
The Wild Robot is a great read, and the next instalment – The Wild Robot Escapes – already has a 15 strong waiting list in my class.