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The Wimp
     

The Wimp

by Kathy Caple
 

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Poor Arnold, the class wimp, is being picked on by the meanest bullies in school. When the bullies begin to pick on his sister, too, he finds a few tricks up his sleeves that surprise everyone, even himself.

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Poor Arnold, the class wimp, is being picked on by the meanest bullies in school. When the bullies begin to pick on his sister, too, he finds a few tricks up his sleeves that surprise everyone, even himself.

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"Bullies get their comeuppance, though not without a struggle, in this wry, humorous story. . . . Kids will laugh with sympathy at Arnold's humiliation even as they rejoice in his sweet triumph."—Booklist Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Arnold the piglet finds himself beset by bullies, even his big sister, Rose, is unable to help him. He shouts, ``Get lost!'' as she'd suggested, but Clyde and Watson still grab his homework and tear it up; when Rose herself tells them to back off, she and Arnold end up getting blamed for Clyde and Watson's swinish pranks. The next day, Arnold and Rose, now equally cowed, walk to school early in an attempt to avoid their tormentors. As it turns out, Clyde and Watson are already there-and Arnold figures out a nonviolent way of hoisting them by their own petard. Caple's (The Biggest Nose; The Purse) expressive watercolors portray Arnold's dilemma in a gently humorous, reassuring light; she is especially skilled at painting his reactions, which range from pop-eyed fright to grim determination to a sort of dreamy resignation. But while she introduces Arnold's problem through believable and easily recognized incidents, her tidy resolution will disappoint readers hoping for insights into dealing with schoolyard tyrants. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Arnold, a young pig, is tormented by Clyde and Watson. His sister, Rose, thinks he is a wimp, and advises him to tell them to "get lost." Unfortunately, Clyde and Watson are not so easily dissuaded. Arnold may be a wimp, but he figures out a clever way to get back at the bullies, without stooping to their level. Bright watercolors bring the characters to life.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Arnold is tormented by Clyde and Watson, his older sister Rose stands up for him: "`It's all a matter of knowing how to talk to them,'" she claims. These bullies are not so easily intimidated, however, and after maneuvering Rose and Arnold into taking the rap for a spray-painted wall, the nefarious duo plan to trap them in something worse. Hoping to avoid trouble, Rose and Arnold arrive at school an hour early-and find their nemeses up on the roof, covering the wall with grafitti. Arnold quietly carries their ladder away, leaving them for the principal to catch red-(and green-) handed. "`It's all just a matter of knowing how to talk to them,'" he assures his admiring sister. Like Anthony Browne in Willy the Wimp (Knopf, 1985), Caple offers readers not so much a plan of action as satisfying wish fulfillment. Her spacious, simply inked and colored scenes feature expressive pigs in human dress; the minimalist text recalls James Marshall's droll narrative style.-John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618055777
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Caple lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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