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Wendel is far too busy inventing things to keep his workshop tidy. So if one of his inventions doesn't work, Wendel just tosses it onto the scrap heap and starts over. Then one day he invents the magnificent Wendelbot—a mighty robot that cleans and cleans and doesn't stop. Soon poor Wendel finds himself thrown onto the scrap heap! How will Wendel win back his workshop? Let the robot battle begin!

From the award-winning and always imaginative Chris Riddell comes a wonderfully ...

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Overview

Wendel is far too busy inventing things to keep his workshop tidy. So if one of his inventions doesn't work, Wendel just tosses it onto the scrap heap and starts over. Then one day he invents the magnificent Wendelbot—a mighty robot that cleans and cleans and doesn't stop. Soon poor Wendel finds himself thrown onto the scrap heap! How will Wendel win back his workshop? Let the robot battle begin!

From the award-winning and always imaginative Chris Riddell comes a wonderfully funny, action-packed story full of surprises and extraordinary inventions.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
“It is a smart author who can slip a moral into a children’s story without making it in the least didactic, but Chris Riddell has an illustrious track record as one of the smartest children’s authors around.”
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
All day long, Wendel was very busy creating various inventions in his workshop. While some of his inventions worked, there were others that missed the mark. Wendel tossed out the inventions that that did not work; however, that pile of rejects grew and grew. Finally, he decided that what he needed to do was devise a robot to do the cleaning for him. There were some quirks in the first robot that he put together: it had an odd and strange way of cleaning the house that did not work out well. So just like the other inventions that did not work, Wendel sent it down the clunker. Then, Wendel went back to the drawing board to design a better robot to do the housekeeping. Unfortunately, this robot was too efficient about cleaning. The new robot even sent Wendel down the clunker. Now, Wendel needs to devise a plan to get back his workshop. Enjoy the colorful illustrations that vividly capture the comical expressions of Wendel and the robots and find out how Wendel solves his problem. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Wendel, a mouse and avid inventor, decides to create a robot that will keep his workshop and home clean and neat. The first one, Clunk, ends up in a huge scrap heap outside after folding the clothes in knots, putting teacups away in the sock drawer, and filling the laundry basket with umbrellas. "Wendelbot," his next attempt, goes overboard, often robotically repeating the word "tidy," and ends up dumping Wendel down a chute and into the scrap heap. Wendel and Clunk reunite there and use the scraps from the huge heap to build a team of robot helpers that eradicates Wendelbot. The team works together with Wendel and Clunk to clean and keep his workshop and home somewhat orderly. Although the robots are not perfect, Wendel is content with their different ways of doing chores and decides never to throw anything away again. At times the plot is confusing and the text somewhat choppy. The detailed illustrations done in ink and watercolor are dramatic, but often cluttered and sometimes distracting. Although the Wendelbot is amusing at first, he becomes scary when out of control and Wendel and Clunk decide to blow him up. This book may find an audience with older children, but the messages are not strong enough to make an impression on them.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Young Wendel is a mouse and an inventor. Like many an inventor before him, he creates a robotic creature to save him from cleaning up after himself. Wendel is an unintentionally thoughtless slob: a slob because he throws his failures on a metastasizing junk pile, thoughtless because one of those failures is a sweet, well-meaning if inept, lantern-jawed automaton-Clunk by name-that, rather alarmingly, is dumped in the rubbish chute. When Clunk's replacement, Wendelbot, a blockheaded anal-retentive, runs predictably amok, giving Wendel a taste of the rubbish chute, it is Clunk and an appealingly ragtag gang of ready-mades fashioned from the scrapheap by Wendel that convince Wendelbot to self-destruct. Riddell nimbly plays on readers' sympathies for emotionally vulnerable, snaggletooth robots, but that is about it as far as the story line goes, which fails to display any of the inventiveness Wendel would expect-no fun twist, nothing clever or resourceful built from scant means. The artwork, however, doesn't disappoint, with its busy, sure-handed line and snappy coloring. A pretty face, undeniably, but void of hidden depths. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061449307
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Riddell is an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator whose many awards include the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals—the most prestigious prize for illustration in the UK. He is the creator of more than one hundred books for all ages, including the immensely popular series the Edge Chronicles and his latest chapter book series, starring the irrepressible Ottoline Brown, which School Library Journal called "exceptional." Chris lives in Brighton, England, where he invents his amazing characters in a very tidy shed in his yard.

Chris Riddell is an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator whose many awards include the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals—the most prestigious prize for illustration in the UK. He is the creator of more than one hundred books for all ages, including the immensely popular series the Edge Chronicles and his latest chapter book series, starring the irrepressible Ottoline Brown, which School Library Journal called "exceptional." Chris lives in Brighton, England, where he invents his amazing characters in a very tidy shed in his yard.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    OH WENDEL

    Wendel is so CUTE the illustrations are adorable nice little story.
    I think children would enjoy hearing this story!!

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