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Odd, weird & little
Jennings, Patrick.
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Publication Information:
New York : Egmont USA, 2014.
Physical Description:
149 pages ; 22 cm
Befriending a very strange new student, Toulouse, helps outsider Woodrow stand up to the class bullies who have been picking on them both.
General Note:
"This novel is based on the short story "Odd, Weird, and Little, " by Patrick Jennigs, which originally appeared in Storyworks magazine, January 2009."
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade

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Accelerated Reader 3.9

Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 3.0 164215.
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Readers 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 Guinea Dog series.

Author Notes

Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed  Faith and the Electric Dogs , which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. Known for his wide range of topics and styles, he has turned his focus to writing silly accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers, including his recent Egmont releases  Guinea Dog  and its sequel,  Guinea Dog 2 ,  Lucky Cap ,  Invasion of the Dognappers , and  My Homework Ate My Homework . A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. You can visit him at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Despite, or maybe because of, the concealing gloves and bowler hat that enigmatic new arrival Toulouse Hulot wears to school every day, 10-year-old outsider, Woodrow, is compelled to be his friend. The two discover shared interests both in fly-fishing (though Toulouse's catches never seem to make it into his creel) and in coping with the attentions of class bullies Garrett and Hubcap. Jennings never comes out with an explicit revelation, but readers would have to be comatose to miss the huge clues from the first letters of the title words and all the chapter headings on that Toulouse is no ordinary, or even human, student. Eventually, separate confrontations by Toulouse and, later, several classmates cow the bullies with unrealistic ease. Still, in general the modeled coping strategies are at least feasible, and as for Toulouse, the continuing cluelessness of all the grown-ups and children (even Woodrow doesn't grasp the truth about his predatory buddy until the end) add broad overtones of hilarity.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ten-year-old Woodrow Schwette is the weirdest kid in his class until quiet, tiny, suit-wearing Toulouse Gulot shows up by way of Quebec. Jennings (My Homework Ate My Homework) creates a sympathetic underdog in Woodrow, a boy all too used to being relentlessly teased by class bullies Garrett and Hubcap, whose casual cruelty will likely make some readers shudder with recognition. Woodrow must decide if he will stand aside while Toulouse-with his "old-man hat," "wide, round eyes," and vocabulary that's initially limited to the word "Who"-becomes the bullies' new punching bag, or if he will stand up for his new friend. Jennings gives Woodrow a relatable voice and laces the story with clues that hint at the twist that is confirmed in the book's final chapters. The author does such a nice job of building to the big revelation that it's unfortunate that the book's cover treatment basically spoils the surprise. Nevertheless, it's a warm and funny story about being true to oneself and standing up for what's right. Ages 8-12. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Toulouse Hulot, a new kid in school from Quebec, wears dapper outfits, carries a briefcase, and even uses a quill pen to write his lessons. He is a talented painter and musician, an accomplished fly fisherman, and the victim of the class bully and his henchman. His only friend is Woodrow, who shares his love of fishing and finally becomes the one to stand up to the mean kids and ultimately see Toulouse for who he really is. Woodrow is a most unlikely narrator, one who embraces his own nerdiness and stammers through most of his conversations. Fans of Jennings's Guinea Dog (Egmont USA, 2010) will find this a delightful book, one that stands with classics such as Avi's Poppy (Orchard, 1995). A remarkable story and a great read-aloud.-Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.