Oddrey

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From Blue Spruce Award–winning author-illustrator Dave Whamond comes the story of Oddrey, a young girl who is a little bit different from everybody else. Every aspect of Oddrey’s world is a study in playful curiosity. Her adventures and flights of fancy, however, are often a source of some teasing at the hands of her classmates. Her technicolor snow sculpture has the rest of the playground gaping in disbelief. Her drawing of blue apples is met with a stern look from her teacher. But Oddrey, never one to let ...

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Overview

From Blue Spruce Award–winning author-illustrator Dave Whamond comes the story of Oddrey, a young girl who is a little bit different from everybody else. Every aspect of Oddrey’s world is a study in playful curiosity. Her adventures and flights of fancy, however, are often a source of some teasing at the hands of her classmates. Her technicolor snow sculpture has the rest of the playground gaping in disbelief. Her drawing of blue apples is met with a stern look from her teacher. But Oddrey, never one to let anything get her down, faces all of these discouragements with optimism and offhanded grace.

So when her class production of The Wizard of Oz is cast and Oddrey is given the rather spiritless role of a tree, she decides to make the best of the situation and vows to be the most unique tree ever. Sadly, her teacher has other ideas, and Oddrey dons an uninspired costume and sways in the back row. But when her classmates start forgetting their lines, knocking down props, and suffering from stage fright, Oddrey steps in to save the show — not by stealing it, but by helping her classmates rise to the occasion.

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Editorial Reviews

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2x2 Reading List, Texas Library Association 2012 Selection

In a fun riff on the tried-and-true "weird girl finds acceptance" trope, Oddrey's grateful classmates decide not just to tolerate her uniqueness but to let her actions inspire their own creativity.
Katherine Pedersen , Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW, November 1, 2012

Praise for My Think-a-ma-Jink:
"Wonderfully expressive faces and busy illustrations will keep readers searching the scenes for more details."
Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
This ode to individuality features Oddrey, who has a Mayzie-reminicient daisy sprouting from her head and an approach to life that is slightly different from everyone else's. Oddrey does not really mind being different from everyone else, though she occasionally grows lonely. But she always "knew how to make the best of any situation." Slightly disappointed in her small part as a tree in the school play, Oddrey nevertheless vows to be, "the most unique tree ever." Her teacher has other ideas. When the play begins and catastrophe ensues, it is Oddrey who saves the day. Her teacher may be less than impressed, but Oddrey has earned the gratitude of her fellow thespians. While not drastically different than other books about individuality, Oddrey has a great deal of charm. The bright and friendly watercolor illustrations are a joy to look at and support the story perfectly. Particularly appealing is the two page spread showing Oddrey in Fred Astaire mode, dancing in the rain on a light post while her fellow students are awash in blue and purple rain. Oddrey will be a great addition to home libraries. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
Kirkus Reviews
Little Oddrey the charming oddball makes good when her classmates seize up like overheated cylinders during the school play. Whamond's Oddrey is a berserkly cute imp. She likes to do things her way: odd, but not dangerously so. Her hopscotch layout is unique; her apples are blue; her dog meows; she looks for the silver lining when others just want to get out of the rain. Her classmates are a tad suspicious, a little standoffish, but not hateful. When her class puts on the school play, Oddrey gets a supporting role and has to conform to the drab outfit her drab teacher gives her. When the stars of the show come down with serious stage fright, Oddrey races from each to each with encouragement, and the show goes on. Despite the fairly dear artwork and the unflagging optimism and original personality of Oddrey, readers can't help but feel a letdown at how her creator has her rather unoriginally save the day. It's plain flat and not what we've come to expect from her. And when the other kids start to emulate her, she might as well be Audrey. So bighearted and good-spirited, it is a shame that the climax fails at liftoff. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926973456
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 986,201
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Whamond is the award-winning author of My Think-a-ma-Jink and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary.

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