Frank Cottrell-Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton
(MacMillan Children’s Books) – hardback
Alfie finds solace in his trips to airport lost property, mainly to forget his problems. One day, he finds a giant robot called Eric – just lying there on one of the shelves. Like Alfie, Eric is damaged – he’s lost a leg, half his memory and is very clumsy. But in Eric, Alfie sees a kindred soul. He ‘liberates’ Eric from lost property and that’s where his problems really start.
These two mismatched friends set out on a series of misadventures, while the town is in a panic at a ‘rogue robot’ on the loose.
‘Runaway Robot’ is a great, very funny and heartwarming story from one of our master story-tellers.