Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

I really enjoyed reading about Alfie, Eric and the cast of friends from The Limb Lab.  Alfie has been involved in a serious accident, in which he loses his right hand, and most of the memories surrounding the event.

As you read you discover snippets of memory from the accident and see what Alfie is going through.  He has moments of frustration and anger at not being able to control his new hand, or to rid himself of the ghost feeling from his old hand.

Skipping school and The Limb Lab, he heads to the airport and “loses” his hand.  In a quest to retrieve it, he finds lost property and finds a giant robotic hand which he discovers belongs to the most polite robot ever.  So begins a journey of discovering who Eric is, where he comes from and also a journey in which new memories are surfacing for Alfie.

There are of course twists, turns and surprises along the way.  I enjoyed the story and the ending is wonderful!

I think I enjoyed this book all the more for having heard  Frank Cottrell-Boyce read from the chapter where Alfie first meets Eric.  Listening to how he read it brought it to life and I was keen to carry on myself,  I was not disappointed.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a master storyteller and his books are hugely successful as they are funny, relatable and honest.

Steven Lenton is a true genius and his illustrations make the characters so real.  I am a huge fan on Lenton’s illustrative style!

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