Worrywarts

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What if...?

Wombat asks Weasel and Woodchuck if they want to wander the world with her, but they are overwhelmed with worries.

What if they walk into a swarm of waiting wasps?
What if the weather worsens?
What if they're walloped by warthogs?
What then...?

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Overview

What if...?

Wombat asks Weasel and Woodchuck if they want to wander the world with her, but they are overwhelmed with worries.

What if they walk into a swarm of waiting wasps?
What if the weather worsens?
What if they're walloped by warthogs?
What then...?

Popular author/illustrator duo Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole team up again to deliver a wonderful whimsical alliterative tale.

When Wombat, Weasel, and Woodchuck decide to wander the world, they wonder what worries they will encounter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Book Review Service
The story is told with as many w words as the author could think of, which makes reading aloud fun. The illustrations complement and add to the fun of the tale.
Publishers Weekly
"The creators of Some Smug Slug here use alliteration to lighthearted and humorous effect," wrote PW. "Childlike colored pencil drawings portray even the scariest of scenes in a wholly whimsical way to keep even the wimpiest of worrywarts from worrying." Ages 4-6. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As they did in Some Smug Slug, Edwards and Cole here use alliteration to lighthearted and humorous effect. On a "warm Wednesday morning," Wombat, Weasel and Woodchuck contemplate all the terrible misadventures that could befall them while preparing for a "wander into the world." There is a predictable rhythm to the story, in which each character, in turn, experiences that "Wait! What if..." feeling and is offered comfort and assurance by the other two companions. When Weasel worries what will happen if they are swept into the wilderness by a whirlwind while being chased by a wolf, Woodchuck wisely decides to wear his woolly underwear if it's going to be windy. Yet, it is, in fact, each character who ultimately faces his or her own fear and saves the entourage from any impending danger. Cole's childlike colored pencil drawings portray even the scariest of scenes in a wholly whimsical way to keep even the wimpiest of worrywarts from worrying. Ages 4-6. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
What a challenge, writing a really amusing story filled with words that start with the letter "w." As she has with other books such as Some Smug Slug and Five Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, Edwards has written another alliterative story to entertain kids. Wombat is a worrier and she plays out plenty of "what if" scenarios in her fertile mind. It is this vehicle that lends itself to even more outlandish scenes, all of which are accompanied by Coles' wildly amusing illustrations. Weasel with the flowered bathing cap is particularly winsome. On the whole, this tale is not as appealing as the previously mentioned books. It seems to try too hard and the story just isn't as clever or funny as her previous works. 1999, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 6, $14.95 and $14.89. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Wombat, Weasel, and Woodchuck decide to wander the world, they each choose a favorite food or item they'd like to take along. Worry sets in, and they add to their list of needs to prevent the imagined dangers. Once out in the world, their fears become real, and it is their original foods and objects that save them. Prolific picture-book duo Edwards and Cole miss slightly with this alliterative tale: "What if we're running away when the weather worsens? What if a whirlwind blows in from the west and sweeps us away into the wilderness?" In Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke (1995) and Some Smug Slug (1996, both HarperCollins), half of the fun was in finding "f" and "s" words and shapes in the illustrations. In this book, the wordy text leaves no "w" unuttered. Cole's cartoon colored-pencil illustrations are lively and fun, but the text overpowers them. Even this team's fans will find this story forced and disappointing.-Timothy Capehart, Leominster Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435161
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 234,061
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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