altaltThe Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown (Little, Brown 2016, 2018)

When everyone in the house (adult, 17, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6) approves of a book, I generally find it worth looking into, despite my well-ingrained—and more often than not justified—prejudice against recently-written children's books. Peter Brown's Wild Robot books were definitely worth the reading.

Brown's story of a robot cast away on an uninhabited (by humans) island and how its programming directs its adjustment there, and in later adventures, is very well done, reminding me of Isaac Aimov's treatment of the practical and ethical issues of a society that includes multitudes of robotic machines.

There's love and conflict and tragedy and emotional struggles, all handled sensitively. I can't say I like these books better than S. D. Smith's Green Ember series, which my readers know I love greatly, but they are less dark—and less violent, despite some scary adventures. I detected no warning bells for my very sensitive grandchildren on the other side of the family. They may especially enjoy that the main character is female (if one can say that about a robot) who is strong and smart, gentle and motherly.

Sure, I could make some complaints, but they're minor and overshadowed by the good.

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Little Brown published a whole slew of my mother's children's books for 6-9. (Wilma Pitchford Hays)

Posted by Grace Kone on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 9:47 am

I didn't realize your mother was from Nebraska. Given where I live now, it may not seem exotic that my mother was from Florida, but it sure seemed so to one who grew up in upstate New York. My father was from the state of Washington. It's fun to have a mix of backgrounds—which as you know was much more mixed than the Washington/Florida/New York combination was before television took over.

Looking at a long list of her books, I can see where you get your productivity!

Posted by SursumCorda on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:06 am
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