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Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

brown_wild robotIn our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade The Wild Robot. Read the full review of The Wild Robot.

Horn Book editors: Though it’s a very different book, there are similarities in The Wild Robot to your picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: wildness, wilderness, dawning self-awareness. Do you think of them as taking place in the same universe or different ones?

Peter Brown: Unlike Mr. Tiger, Roz lives in our universe. Her story takes place on Earth, far in the future, at a time when intelligent robots are commonplace in human society. But I wasn’t interested in telling the story of a robot interacting with humans, or with other robots; I wanted to tell the story of a robot stranded in the wilderness.

From the May/June 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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