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Hooway for Wodney Wat
Lester, Helen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog, 1 7/8 ips. + 1 book (32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm)
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.
General Note:
The accompanying book is illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, and was published in 1999.
Reading Level:
AD 360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 31662.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 20007 Guided reading level: M.
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Format :
Sound Cassette

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CASSETTE KIT 1344 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Paperback
CASSETTE KIT 1344 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Paperback

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Poor Rodney Rat can't pronounce his R's and the other rodents tease him mercilessly. But when Camilla Capybara joins Rodney's class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid. It seems she really is bigger, meaner, and smarter than all of the rest of them. Until our unwitting hero, Wodney Wat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says. Read along with Wodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day, R's or no R's.

Author Notes

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. The team responsible for the Tacky the Penguin books and Princess Penelope's Parrot (1996), among others, is in rare form in this picture book, in which a swell little guy proves himself a hero to his tormentors. Wodney Wat has a problem: he can't pronounce the letter r, which makes him the butt of constant jokes and teasing. He's so distressed, in fact, that he routinely buries his head in his jacket--the closest he can come to actually disappearing. He thinks he's really in for it when "big, mean, smart" Camilla Capybara appears in Miss Fuzzleworth's classroom. But the tables are deftly turned when Wodney is tapped to lead a game of Simon Says: when he says "Go West" after a tough round of play, guess who does. Munsinger's well-detailed illustrations are superbly funny, a perfect complement to a comical story that will not only make kids laugh but also hearten those who feel they'll be outsiders forever. (Reviewed May 1, 1999)0395923921Stephanie Zvirin

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A shy rat who can't pronounce his r's rises to the occasion and outsmarts a new student who terrorizes the classroom. An ego booster for any child who has ever been bullied or teased, with illustrations that exude charm and personality. (May) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Helen Lester's amusing beginning-to-read title (Houghton, 1999) about a shy, young rat triumphing over a much larger, overbearing rodent gets an uneven translation to video. Rodney Rat's speech impediment (he pronounces his r's as w's) makes him an obvious target for teasing by his peers, which sends him into a shell of shyness. When Camilla Capybara moves into town, she quickly becomes the school's most notorious bully, intimidating all the children. However, Rodney's weakness quickly becomes his strength when he uses his impediment and his wits to find Camilla's Achilles heel and send her packing. While ably narrated by the author, the production is underwhelming on the whole. The iconographic animation and the quiet, but bouncy background music make the illustrations slightly more expressive than in book format. However, the overall laid back treatment of this fun story doesn't fully capture the book's flavor.-Jennifer Iserman, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven Branch, Burnsville, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.