Odd Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings
7 word review: Woodrow’s class welcomes a most unusual student.
Fiction. Stand-alone novel. Share with ages 7-10.
Woodrow has always been the class oddball, bearing the brunt of the bullying…until Toulouse arrives. He wears a suit, carries a briefcase, and never removes his hat or gloves. And he’s short. Really short. Immediately, the class bullies set him in their sights. Woodrow aims to protect Toulouse from the worst of the stunts, and in the process he learns (a)to stand up to the bullying when it invariably turns toward him and (b) that Toulouse is – maybe, actually, for-real-life – an owl. With larger font and shorter length (149 pages), this first-person narrative is just right for many readers looking to find strength in standing up for yourself.