Flo & Wendell

Flo & Wendell

by William Wegman
     
 

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Acclaimed artist William Wegman combines his iconic photography with his background in painting to introduce two irresistible new characters based on his real-life puppies.

Meet Flo. She’s a sophisticated big sister who’s part of a very artistic family.  She likes playing with paint and wearing sweaters her mother knits.  Flo alsoSee more details below

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Overview

Acclaimed artist William Wegman combines his iconic photography with his background in painting to introduce two irresistible new characters based on his real-life puppies.

Meet Flo. She’s a sophisticated big sister who’s part of a very artistic family.  She likes playing with paint and wearing sweaters her mother knits.  Flo also likes teasing her little brother, Wendell.  They play hide-and-seek, but Flo doesn’t look very hard.  They play dress up, too, but Wendell always gets the bad costumes.  Their parents wish they would get along, and they do try…sometimes.

For every child who has experienced sibling rivalry, here’s a humorous look at what it takes to play nice. Perfect for fans of Maira Kalman, Ian Falconer, and dog lovers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wegman continues his string of Weimeraner stories, but he tweaks his approach. Instead of dressing big sister Flo and younger brother Wendell in actual clothing, he paints lumpy, toddlerlike bodies below photos of their stately dog heads with strokes of gouache. Flo and Wendell appear in scenes of hilarious domestic ordinariness, clad in baggy pullovers or baroque creations from the dress-up box. The tongue-in-cheek text is just as gratifying. Flo at a schoolroom desk: “Flo is very sophisticated. She can read and write. She can even tie her shoes.” Flo glowering out of a baby carriage, her parents standing protectively over her: “When she was little she couldn’t. She didn’t have shoes.” The story might be regarded as a gentle parody of brash and sequined little girl stories. In any event, the contrast between the dogs’ deadpan stares and their lives of suburban industriousness—“Some of Wendell’s recipes are better than others,” Wegman writes as Wendell stands howling at a kitchen table covered with containers of tuna, ketchup, and chocolate syrup—will raise grins from even the crabbiest readers. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
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"The contrast between the dogs’ deadpan stares and their lives of suburban industriousness...will raise grins from even the crabbiest readers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The visual impact is playful and whimsical, with the painterly, colorful gouache contrasting comically with the serious, almost formal faces of the photographed dogs...a sure hit for Wegman fans." - Kirkus Reviews
 

Kirkus Reviews
An artistic departure into mixed media will spark the interest of Wegman fans in this new offering featuring his famed Weimaraners. Flo and Wendell are siblings who have different interests but like to play together "…sometimes." This basic premise carries the loosely constructed text, with pictures far overshadowing the achievement of the writing. In a striking departure from previous titles, Wegman paints atop his photographs to dress up his characters and render the scenery. The visual impact is playful and whimsical, with the painterly, colorful gouache contrasting comically with the serious, almost formal faces of the photographed dogs. Ultimately, the text serves to set up various scenarios for pictures, which include depictions of Flo and Wendell's parents (their father is a painter, their mother a knitter who even knit a sweater for the family car) and scenes of the pups playing hide-and-seek, among other activities. The result is a book that lacks a story and reads more like a catalog of amusing, whimsical pictures, culminating with a scene of Flo reading Moby-Dick to Wendell before he falls asleep, using a stack of books as a pillow. A sure hit for Wegman fans, but a miss for those who want a story. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698142398
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/26/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,464,892
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
"The contrast between the dogs’ deadpan stares and their lives of suburban industriousness...will raise grins from even the crabbiest readers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The visual impact is playful and whimsical, with the painterly, colorful gouache contrasting comically with the serious, almost formal faces of the photographed dogs...a sure hit for Wegman fans." - Kirkus Reviews
 

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