Weezer Changes the World

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Overview

Weezer is an ordinary puppy.

He barks.

He slobbers.

He tinkles on the carpet.

But then something happens that changes him - and the world may never be the same.

Simple yet profound, funny yet serious, this touching story will remind even the skeptics among us that the most remarkable changes often come from...

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Overview

Weezer is an ordinary puppy.

He barks.

He slobbers.

He tinkles on the carpet.

But then something happens that changes him - and the world may never be the same.

Simple yet profound, funny yet serious, this touching story will remind even the skeptics among us that the most remarkable changes often come from the least remarkable places.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Much as he did in No! McPhail underscores the power of a single individual to bring about broad change. Understated text and loose, unadorned pen-and-ink illustrations introduce Weezer, a typically mischievous puppy who acquires extraordinary talents after being struck by lightning (as a jagged yellow bolt appears to tap the dog's nose, the text reads, “Then one day, something striking happened that changed him”). He's helpful with math homework and knows “which drapes went best with the new furniture,” but his ambitions soar higher, as he gives piano concerts to benefit the poor, works to cure diseases, and meets with world leaders “to show them the way to Peace on Earth.” Hit by another lightning bolt, Weezer recovers in bed while get-well notes pour in from fans who vow to carry on his good works. Back on his feet, Weezer returns to being “a plain old dog,” but, because of him, people all over the world “were changed forever.” This parable works well as a springboard for conversation about making a difference—despite Weezer's comically overblown achievements, McPhail delivers his message with subtlety. Ages 3–7. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
At first, Weezer was an average dog with average interests, such as barking and chewing toys. Then one day Weezer is hit by lightening and everything changes. Weezer's intelligence increases so much that now he can not only help Billy with his homework, he is also working alongside scientists to find cures for diseases. Weezer is also developing formulas for cleaning polluted water and air, and he is working with world leaders to create world peace. Then, as suddenly as it started, Weezer is changed again. As he lies sick in bed, people vow to continue the work that Weezer had started. People promise to continue feeding the poor, caring for the sick, and to stop fighting. Weezer recovers and is an ordinary dog again but the world is forever changed. This delightful picture book helps readers discover that even ordinary people can accomplish great things and it all begins with just one simple act. The illustrations in this book are adorable. Weezer is a sweet and lovable character whom young readers will find endearing. Reviewer: Denise Daley
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
McPhail's canine hero Weezer begins life as a perfectly normal puppy until "one day something striking happened that changed him." He begins to be able to count, to help his young master Billy with his homework, even to help decorate the house and predict the weather. As he encourages charity, helps cure diseases and pollution, he begins to show the way to Peace on Earth. Unfortunately Weezer is struck again by the same bolt of lightening as before. Billy finds him lying in the road and brings him home. As news of his illness spreads, people all over, hoping for his recovery, vow to continue his good work. When Weezer feels better he seems to have become a regular dog again. But in a hopeful, uplifting ending, McPhail tells us that because of him the people of the world "were changed forever." Fountain pen and brown ink drawings with transparent touches of color describe charmingly without magic or fanfare the transformation from dog to genius, and back again. The scenes in the small book require few background details or props. We are left with feelings of "what if?" and "if only…." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—McPhail's latest outing, while filled with his signature appealing illustrations, also includes a message imparted without finesse or subtlety. Weezer, a little dog, gets hit by lightning. Suddenly he is smart, moving from math and science to curing diseases and trying to convince leaders to work toward world peace. Then he gets hit by lightning again, ending up bedridden. As his condition becomes known, people around the world "vowed to carry on Weezer's good works./…[and]promised to stop fighting." At that, Weezer awakes, but he is once again an ordinary dog. "But the people of the world?/Because of Weezer…/they were changed forever." The text is direct and deceptively simple, with accessible syntax, subtle humor, and no more than two or three sentences per page. It reads smoothly, and has effective page turns. Weezer is small and stocky with a tan body, brown-tipped ears and tail, and a white muzzle, paws, and belly. The illustrations have plenty of white space, with only a few full-bleed spreads, and the small, square trim size is a good match for Weezer himself. The problem here is audience. The artwork and minimal text will appeal to preschoolers, but the fablelike story will be lost on them. Primary-grade students will understand the point, if they aren't put off by the didactic message. However, parents and teachers wanting ways to introduce the idea that anyone can change the world will likely snap the story up.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416990000
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 992,234
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David McPhail has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff (Abrams), When Papa Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli (BFYR), and his own Mole Music (Holt), which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.

David McPhail has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff (Abrams), When Papa Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli (BFYR), and his own Mole Music (Holt), which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.

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    This book is great ! Also, a great read aloud to a class or kids

    This book is great ! Also, a great read aloud to a class or kids !

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