Runaway Robot


Runaway Robot is a very funny and heartwarming madcap adventure about two best, but unusual, friends.

Alfie is coming to terms with a recent accident that means he has to change schools and go to ‘Limb Lab’.  He skips school and goes to Airport Lost Property, where he finds more than he was expecting. To his astonishment to discovers a giant robot called Eric. Eric has lost a leg and most of his memory.  Although Eric is strong, he’s very clumsy and is convinced he is the latest technology.  Actually, he’s nearly a hundred years old and ready for the scrap heap.

When Alfie liberates Eric from potential destruction, all carnage is let loose and panic ensues.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our best writers for children. ‘Runaway Robot’ continues his proud output of funny and heartwarming stories.  Bookwagon stocks previous of his works, including The Astounding Broccoli Boy and Sputnik’s Guide To Life On Earth


Runaway Robot

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton

(MacMillan Children’s Books) 

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.



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