The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
What a delightful book! Everything about it was just so CHARMING and NICE and SWEET. Literally, I am dying from the adorableness and the feels and the lovely illustrations.
The experience of reading this book was the same as reading an amazing picture book, just longer. Aside from the illustrations being absolutely perfect, the prose is extremely descriptive. This book is really a series of small moments, and so the chapters are incredibly short. Just little snippets of the island. And the whole thing moves very gently and sweetly.
There are small hints of themes just barely peeking through, especially climate change and growing up. But overall this book is about friendship and helping people. Roz helps everyone, and she expects nothing in return. The result is that everyone, and I mean everyone, cares for her.
This would make an excellent read aloud. Highly recommend. I am just in love.