A Weekend with Wendell

A Weekend with Wendell

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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Wendell was spending the weekend at Sophie's house. Playing house, Wendell was the mother, the father, and the children; Sophie was the dog. Playing bakery, Wendell was the baker; Sophie got to be the sweet roll. Wendell shone his flashlight in Sophie's eyes when she tried to sleep. But when he gave her a new hairdo with shaving cream, it was the last straw, and…  See more details below

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Wendell was spending the weekend at Sophie's house. Playing house, Wendell was the mother, the father, and the children; Sophie was the dog. Playing bakery, Wendell was the baker; Sophie got to be the sweet roll. Wendell shone his flashlight in Sophie's eyes when she tried to sleep. But when he gave her a new hairdo with shaving cream, it was the last straw, and Sophie made up a game that left Wendell speechless for a time — and won the day for friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin
A hilarious read-aloud.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Protecting Marie (see boxed review, p. 73) demonstrates his versatility in this fetchingly illustrated story about a young mouse houseguest and her reluctant mouse host. Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Wendell visits Sophie's house for the weekend while his parents are out of town. He proceeds to torment Sophie and break all the house rules. Sophie and her parents can't wait until Wendell leaves. Eventually, the two children find common ground, and Sophie is sorry when it is time for her "weekend with Wendell" to conclude. From the author/illustrator of Julius, this is another charming tale starring young mice with quite human personalities and emotions. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Sophie and her parents count the hours until Wendell's weekend visit is over. Not only does he wreck Sophie's toys and dominate their games, but he also messes up the house and is generally a troublemaker. However, once Sophie manages to turn the table, she decides Wendell may not be so bad after all. Henkes' watercolor illustrations of the four mice are cheerful and amusing. The mice are lively, expressive, and appealing. Children may secretly wish that they could be as daring as Wendell, but they will also rejoice when Sally finally asserts herself. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688063269
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1986
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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A Weekend with Wendell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Sophie does not enjoy energetic assertive Wendell's weekend visit until the very end, when she learns to assert herself and finds out Wendell can be fun to play with after all. Very cute. Sophie and Wendell mice. The pictures are very nice detailed colored pen drawings. Excellent book for the shyer student who might feel that the more boisterous students pass them by. It could be used to start a class discussion about ways to play/work with others, especially if you have students who take control and run over others. Fun enjoyable book to read to first grade or for second graders to read. All the Kevin Henkes books are loved at my school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago