Woodrow, the main character in Odd Weird and Little, is not the most popular guy in school, in fact he gets picked on quite a bit.
When a weird new kid shows up carrying a briefcase and wearing a suit, Woodrow secretly hopes that he won’t be the bullying target anymore.
However, Woodrow doesn’t want Toulouse to feel left out so he takes a chance and they become friends.
Though he’s strange, Toulouse excels at everything he does, but even that doesn’t keep the bullies from harassing him.
In the process of sticking up for his new friend, Woodrow finds the courage to stand up for himself as well.
This book has quite a few comical scenarios. At first, because Toulouse doesn’t speak much, the teacher assumes he only speaks French.
So he proceeds to talk to him in a very loud and slow voice, as though Toulouse will be able to understand if he just speaks loud enough.
When the teacher realizes that Toulouse can speak English he’s a little embarrassed.
Odd Weird and Little is written for children around the 3rd or 4th grade. The chapters are fairly short and each one, like the title, begins with either O, W, or L.
Though it’s not much of a secret, considering the chapter titles and cover, young readers might be surprised at the end of the story to learn that Toulouse is an owl.
This book is due out on January 28th. The hardcover edition is listed on Amazon for $14.39 and is currently available for pre-order.
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley and Egmont in exchange for an honest review.