I was blown away by the amazing response to my first novel, The Wild Robot. Thank you to everyone who read and shared it! I’ve been hard at work on the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes, and I cannot wait for you all to find out what happens to Roz after she leaves the island.
What I love most about writing children’s novels is how it forces me to focus on what’s truly important to the story. I don’t want to bore young readers with unnecessary details. And so, when in doubt, I keep the story simple. This approach worked pretty well in The Wild Robot. The story takes place on one island, with a limited cast of main characters, and involves familiar things like geese and forests and ponds, and of course, robots.
It was important to me that I maintain that simple writing style in the sequel. However, the sequel takes place in a much bigger and more complicated world. The Wild Robot is about Roz learning to survive on one island. The Wild Robot Escapes is about Roz learning to survive in civilization, with humans and robots and technology and industry, in rural and suburban and urban settings. It’s complicated stuff, and I’m trying to simplify it for readers of all ages, and it’s taking longer than expected.
This is my long, rambling way of announcing that I need more time to write and illustrate The Wild Robot Escapes, and we’ve decided to move the publication date. Instead of coming out on October 3, 2017, it will now be published on March 13, 2018. I’m sorry to make you wait longer, but I’d much rather have the book be late and get it right, than be on time and get it wrong. So I hope you’ll stay tuned for more announcements, and I really hope you’ll check out The Wild Robot Escapes next spring. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.