Runaway Robot

Authored by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Illustrated by Steve Lenton.

About the author

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a screenwriter and children’s author from Liverpool. He has won the Carnegie Award (for his debut children’s book, Millions) and several of his other books have been shortlisted on both the Carnegie and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Frank wrote the narrative for the opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games. He likes to base his stories on “the little gaps in history and reality”. He is passionate about Reading Aloud. You can listen to Nikki Gamble’s interview with Frank at ‘In the Reading Corner’. This is useful background information for teachers but it also includes an except of Frank reading from the book which you might want to play to the group.

About the illustrator

Steve Lenton is an author/illustrator and animation director. He has illustrated stories for many writers including Tracey Corderoy, Dodie Smith, Eli Woolard and David Baddiel. He has a YouTube channel: Draw-Along-A-Lenton, where he demonstrates and teaches his artistic skills.

About the book

When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds a 100 year old robot called Eric. Eric has lost his leg and Alfie has lost his artificial hand. They form a strong friendship and help put each other back together. Along the way we meet lots of robots and other children trying to adapt to losing a limb. The story is full of both heart and humour. Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award this book is about friendship, acceptance, difference and bravery.