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Odd, Weird & Little Hardcover – 28 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed"Faith and the Electric Dogs," which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. Known for his wide range of topics and styles, he has turned his focus to writing silly accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers, including his recent Egmont releases"Guinea Dog"and its sequel, "Guinea Dog 2," "Lucky Cap," "Invasion of the Dognappers," and"My Homework Ate My Homework." A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. You can visit him at www.patrickjennings.com."
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Here's the special part. While Woodrow belongs to the honorable tradition of bright, rueful outsider middle school narrators, Toulouse is an appealing one of a kind character, the likes of which I have never before encountered. He most resembles a middle school version of Chauncey Gardiner, the ethereal, enigmatic center of Jerzy Kosinski's novel "Being There". Toulouse is smart, accomplished, old fashioned and somehow both firmly grounded and surreal. He is, almost literally, odd, weird and little. He is both firmly present and yet also oddly distant and almost otherwordly. As a result parts of this book play out as realistic school humor while other parts feel like a fable, or an elegant feather-light allegory about difference and acceptance.
The writing is literate, accomplished, restrained and focused. The author can do raucous classroom humor, subtle deadpan humor, and delicate observational and descriptive passages that would put writers of adult oriented literature to shame.
Blurbs for this book mention Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman and Tom Angleberger. That's fair in the sense that they are all accomplished in this genre, and "Odd, Weird & Little" is at least equally as accomplished. But it also expands the boundaries by introducing a character like Toulouse and something that approaches middle school magical realism. How's that for an achievement?
So, an intriguing change of pace that offers special rewards to adventurous readers. Definitely worth a look.Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book
Daniel age 11
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After the thing about the girls becoming friends the bullies will eventually realize that they can’t beat Woodrow and Toulouse so they will eventually give up. Then because the bullies gave up they Woody would get more friends.
So the ending of the story was pretty obvious because we all knew that Toulouse was an owl and we knew that Woodrow would find out at the end.
Overall the story was great considering that we just read a hard and complicated story and I think that we should read more mystery type stories like this one. So I think this story was awesome and we should read more books like this one from Patrick Jennings.
-From Rishi C. in Tr. Hal's Class
This was a delightful book. There’s quite a surprise at the end, although I had predicted it halfway into the book. My only issue is that I believe it could have been more than a chapter book, because a unique story like this deserves more layers, which means a higher word count. Still, I breezed through the book enthralled with Toulose and Woodrow. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.
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