The Wild Robot will escape…next Spring!

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.

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7 responses to “The Wild Robot will escape…next Spring!”

  1. Patricia Brue says:

    Brilliant! I am so excited for your next book. The Wild Robot was by far my favorite book last year. So thought provoking! I can’t wait to deliver a one two punch to my library students. Good luck!

    • Mariya Shadrina, Ohio says:

      I loved the first book because it touched the most mundane themes in this world- love, family, sacrifice for another, and home. Can’t wait for the sequel!!! Thank you, Peter, for making our world a kinder place!

    • Ethan says:

      I hope this is just like the last one

  2. Amelia R. says:

    I really liked reading your book “The Wild Robot” and I’m really excited for “The Wild Robot Returns.” I think it was really cool when Roz found the egg and took care of the gosling, Brightbill, who called her “mama.” Thanks for writing it; it’s an awesome book. I like how you show how you make your books and how the process of writing works. I also like “Children Make Terrible Pets,” “The Curious Garden,” and “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.”

  3. Hi! Big fan here!!!! I love your books and I was SUPER dissapointed
    when I the book ended. I LOVE the new book cover! Happy Thanksgiving!
    – Maddy 🙂

  4. Shanna Calvasina says:

    We just finished reading The Wild Robot today with our seven year old son. We were all a little teary eyed at the end, what a fantastic work! We are eagerly awaiting the continuation of Roz’s story! Thank you for sharing your imagination and hard work with us.

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