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Title:
Felix and the Worrier
Author:
Wells, Rosemary.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
The Worrier visits Felix night after night, reminding him of what could go wrong the next day, until the night that a special birthday present changes everything.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 72123.
ISBN:
9780763614058
Format :
Book

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Rosemary Wells brings back her lovable little character from FELIX FEELS BETTER in a reassuring story that is sure to send pesky Worriers everywhere out the window.

Every night, Felix has a visitor. It's the Worrier, who comes to remind Felix about the little black spot on his tooth, the possibility of getting birthday presents he doesn't like, and other troublesome things. "You worry too much, my little firefly," says Felix's mama. But Felix can't stop fretting. How can he find a way to make the Worrier go away for good?


Author Notes

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City on January 29, 1943. She studied at the Museum School in Boston. Without her degree, she left school at the age of 19 to get married. She began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing.

She is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children and young adults. Her first book was an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Her other works include Martha's Birthday, The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Unfortunately Harriet, Mary on Horseback, and Timothy Goes to School. She also created the characters of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, which are featured in some of her books. She has won numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Poe award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. In this companion to Felix Feels Better (2001), the young guinea pig encounters that persistent, nagging creature, The Worrier. After Mama lovingly tucks him into bed, Felix floats "into Dreamland on clouds of happiness." Later, however, he is awakened by a smiling yellow creature that points out a little black spot on Felix's tooth, which keeps him awake for the rest of the night. Mama reassures Felix in the morning, but each night thereafter The Worrier returns, whispering troubling thoughts about bullies at the playground, disastrous birthday parties, and strange noises in the night. Finally, Felix summons the courage to confront his fears and dismiss his demon once and for all. Wells' watercolor-and-ink illustrations will charm and comfort young listeners, many of whom have probably encountered a Worrier of their own. Mama continues as a role model for positive parenting, but Felix is growing up, and it's reassuring to see him asserting himself rather than relying on Mama to fix everything. A great choice for toddler story hours, one-on-one sharing, or for children not quite ready for Kevin Henkes' Wemberly Worried (2000). --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Rosemary Wells presents a follow-up to Felix Feels Better in Felix and the Worrier, in which the furry hero is visited every night by the Worrier, a little gold-colored creature who raises one worry after another: Does Felix have a black spot on his tooth? What if nobody comes to his birthday party? How can Felix make the Worrier go away for good? Wells tells this reassuring story with warmth and humor. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Felix, the endearing guinea pig, returns in another tale that addresses common childhood anxieties. Recently, in the wee hours of the night, he is visited by "the Worrier," a tiny, yellow elfish creature. This intruder wakes Felix and suggests disturbing possibilities-what if the big boys at the park decide to take his pants and throw them into a tree? And, what if, suggests the Worrier, no one comes to Felix's birthday party? These ideas have never occurred to him before but now he's concerned. During one nighttime visit, the two hear strange noises coming from the kitchen. The tables are turned when it's the creature that's uneasy while the youngster is determined to find out what's making the racket. Throughout, Felix's mother is a sympathetic and reassuring listener who strives to dispel the worries of her "little buttercup." Wells's watercolor-and-ink illustrations depicting expressive creatures and scenes framed in bright colors highlight another charming tale for the youngest patrons.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.