ODD, WEIRD & LITTLE
by Patrick Jennings
From Goodreads: Readers who love Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, and Tom Angleberger will find this charming, funny, easy-to-read middle-grade novel from the beloved Patrick Jennings an absolute hoot!
When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates--Toulouse is really weird. He's short - kindergarten short - dresses in a suit like a grandpa, has huge eyes, and barely says a word. But Woodrow isn't exactly Mr. Popularity. The frequent target of the class bully himself, he figures that maybe all Toulouse needs is a chance.
And when the two are put together in gym to play volleyball, they make quite the team. Toulouse can serve, set, and spike like a pro. He really knows how to fly around the court. But when the attention and teasing switch back to Woodrow, he learns that the new kid is great at something else: being a friend.
Full of heart and laughs, Odd, Weird, and Little is another winner from the author of the state-list favorite, Guinea Dog.
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My review: Woodrow is mystified by the new kid at school. His name is Toulose, he’s from Canada, he’s extremely short, and he never takes off his hat and gloves. To add to his odd appearance, he has gigantic eyes and a pointy nose. Bullies pick on him immediately. Even though Woodrow would like to stop them, he doesn’t have much power since he’s a target of bullies as well. Woodrow develops a friendship with Toulose. Between Toulose’s oddness and strange talents and Woodrow’s convictions of right and wrong, they take on the bullies.
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.Follow my blog with Bloglovin