Odd, Weird & Little

Odd, Weird & Little

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by Patrick Jennings
     
 

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Readers who love Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, and Tom Angleberger will find this charming, funny, easy-to-read middle-grade novel from the beloved Patrick Jennings an absolute hoot!

When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates--Toulouse is really weird. He's short - kindergarten short - dresses in a suit like a grandpa,

Overview

Readers who love Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, and Tom Angleberger will find this charming, funny, easy-to-read middle-grade novel from the beloved Patrick Jennings an absolute hoot!

When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates--Toulouse is really weird. He's short - kindergarten short - dresses in a suit like a grandpa, has huge eyes, and barely says a word. But Woodrow isn't exactly Mr. Popularity. The frequent target of the class bully himself, he figures that maybe all Toulouse needs is a chance.

And when the two are put together in gym to play volleyball, they make quite the team. Toulouse can serve, set, and spike like a pro. He really knows how to fly around the court. But when the attention and teasing switch back to Woodrow, he learns that the new kid is great at something else: being a friend.

Full of heart and laughs, Odd, Weird, and Little is another winner from the author of the state-list favorite, Guinea Dog.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 3–6—Toulouse Hulot, a new kid in school from Quebec, wears dapper outfits, carries a briefcase, and even uses a quill pen to write his lessons. He is a talented painter and musician, an accomplished fly fisherman, and the victim of the class bully and his henchman. His only friend is Woodrow, who shares his love of fishing and finally becomes the one to stand up to the mean kids and ultimately see Toulouse for who he really is. Woodrow is a most unlikely narrator, one who embraces his own nerdiness and stammers through most of his conversations. Fans of Jennings's Guinea Dog (Egmont USA, 2010) will find this a delightful book, one that stands with classics such as Avi's Poppy (Orchard, 1995). A remarkable story and a great read-aloud.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX
Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Ten-year-old Woodrow Schwette is the weirdest kid in his class until quiet, tiny, suit-wearing Toulouse Gulot shows up by way of Quebec. Jennings (My Homework Ate My Homework) creates a sympathetic underdog in Woodrow, a boy all too used to being relentlessly teased by class bullies Garrett and Hubcap, whose casual cruelty will likely make some readers shudder with recognition. Woodrow must decide if he will stand aside while Toulouse—with his “old-man hat,” “wide, round eyes,” and vocabulary that’s initially limited to the word “Who”—becomes the bullies’ new punching bag, or if he will stand up for his new friend. Jennings gives Woodrow a relatable voice and laces the story with clues that hint at the twist that is confirmed in the book’s final chapters. The author does such a nice job of building to the big revelation that it’s unfortunate that the book’s cover treatment basically spoils the surprise. Nevertheless, it’s a warm and funny story about being true to oneself and standing up for what’s right. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Kristen Klotz
Meet Toulouse Hulot, the new kid from Quebec, in Woodrow Schwette’s class. Toulouse is very short, almost the size of kindergartner! He dresses differently than the other children, wearing a gray suit with a tie. He even carries a briefcase. Toulouse also wears tiny, round wire-rimmed glasses over his very large eyes. Woodrow is perplexed by Toulouse and worries that school bullies like Garrett will have a field day picking on him because he is odd, weird, and little. Woodrow is familiar with being picked on for things like his orange hair, overbite, and clumsiness. Follow Woodrow and Toulouse as they navigate the school and bullies at Uwila Elementary School in this inspirational tale of acceptance and respect for others. Looking past all of the odd and weird things about Toulouse, Woodrow finds out that his new friend is in fact an owl! Toulouse and Woodrow’s friendship helps both boys learn how to stand up for themselves and appreciate themselves. Odd, Weird, & Little could be used to teach to young children to establish strong support systems. This chapter book would be great for young readers in late elementary school and early middle school to begin a dialogue about bullying. Reviewer: Kristen Klotz; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-02
At last: a humorous, useful and pedantry-free book about bullying! Woodrow and his classmates are surprised at the old-fashioned clothing and the tiny, delicate appearance of Toulouse, a newly arrived student from Canada. Is this Woodrow's opportunity to pass his own victim status to someone else? Woodrow openly admits his acknowledged dorkiness, as in his fondness for "duck tape," his hesitant speech patterns and that time he got chopsticks stuck in his throat pretending to be a badger. His first-person account of befriending someone even weirder than himself divulges such truths as school-playground hierarchies, adults' proficiency or lack thereof at handling bullying behaviors, and "kid rules" that enable bullies. Woodrow risks regaining his place as top victim as he decides to befriend and protect Toulouse, who has drawn unwanted attention to himself with such anomalies as his bowler hats and his furry vomit. While enjoying every minute of Woodrow's slow discovery that Toulouse is actually an owl--and the even more amazing fact that no one else reaches that conclusion--readers also learn about the psychology behind bullying and about self-empowerment. The rhythm of the prose is perfect for independent readers and for reading aloud; clever art, music and literature references add to the fun. Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606843758
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Series:
Fiction - Middle Grade
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
530,381
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed Faith and the Electric Dogs, which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. Known for his wide range of topics and styles, he has turned his focus to writing silly accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers, including his recent Egmont releases Guinea Dog and its sequel, Guinea Dog 2Lucky CapInvasion of the Dognappers, and My Homework Ate My Homework. A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. You can visit him at www.patrickjennings.com.

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Odd, Weird & Little 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books dedcription is just like its title. Odd. Weird. Little. But its pretty funny though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a grear book I enjoyed it so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You didnt claim it so FIRST!!!!!!!!!!