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From Publishers Weekly

The author of Protecting Marie (see boxed review, p. 73) demonstrates his versatility in this fetchingly illustrated story about a young mouse houseguest and her reluctant mouse host. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3 Sophie and her parents count the hours until Wendell's weekend visit is over. Not only does he wreck Sophie's toys and dominate their games, but he also messes up the house and is generally a troublemaker. However, once Sophie manages to turn the table, she decides Wendell may not be so bad after all. Henkes' watercolor illustrations of the four mice are cheerful and amusing. The mice are lively, expressive, and appealing. Children may secretly wish that they could be as daring as Wendell, but they will also rejoice when Sally finally asserts herself. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688140246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688140243
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels--one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.kevinhenkes.com.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
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I'm not sure who loved the book more, my 9 year old daughter, my 13 year old son or myself. It has something for everyone, parents will recognize and enjoy the portrayal of the "problem child" and children will learn a valuable lesson while being entertained by one of the funniest books ever written for children. I've given it as a gift and will continue to do so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2002
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This book cracks me up. I like all of Kevin Henkes' books, but for some reason, this one really makes me laugh (I especially like when they play bakery and Sophie has to be a sweetroll). More importantly, my 4-year-old loves it too. And, of course, buried deep in this story is a nice lesson about being polite to a guest, no matter how difficult that can be.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Hart on February 4, 2002
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This is another great book by an outstanding writer and illustrator. Henkes is very good at capturing the little things in the minds of our little ones. I have a 2 1/2 year old boy and a 6 year old girl, and they both really like this book. As a matter of fact, so does this 35 year old. It's not quite up there with Sheila Rae, the Brave and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, but it's very close. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jacovny on August 2, 2011
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Little Sophie's life is turned upside-down when the obnoxious Wendell comes for a weekend stay, and her parents' maddening unwillingness to discipline the brat enables him to annoy, harrass, bully, and otherwise abuse Sophie for most of his visit. In the end, the only recourse Sophie has is to spray him with a waterhose, an act of revenge which inexplicably brings the two together and causes them to become friends. (Did I miss something?) The message seems to be that if you're being bullied, take matters into your own hands because adults are ultimately no help. To be fair, that's exactly how I was raised myself, but it's the opposite of what we're required to preach in elementary schools. Seeing Wendell abuse Sophie repeatedly bothered me as an adult, and I imagine I'd feel the same if I were 7 or 8. Henkes's stuff has never been my cup of tea, but usually I can see why other people enjoy his work. This book is not representative of his work's usual quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Marren VINE VOICE on February 20, 2004
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This is a funny little story of two mice (kids) who start off on the wrong foot but end up being best friends over a weekend. The best kids' books make grownups laugh and appeal to a wide range of ages, and this one fits the bill--it's a great bedtime choice for my eight year old niece as well as my six and three year old nephews. Very very cute illustrations too. At (the price), a bargain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on June 15, 2009
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Not my favorite "mouse" book. My nieces adore it, but the storyline seems a bit odd to me.

Wendell comes to visit, and he's a major brat. Okay. Sophie clearly knew this before he came over, why didn't her parents?

The resolution in the book seems a bit forced, that's what it is. Wendell is worse than a brat, he's a bully - he causes trouble and leaves notes saying that Sophie did it, he leaves a note of himself as a monster attacking Sophie before bed (so you can't say that he's just misunderstood or nervous, he's TRYING to scare her), he steals her food and breaks all the rules.

Sophie does deal with this in a sensible way (first trying to ignore him, and finally turning the tables on him and spraying him with water), but I don't see how this made her reluctant to have him leave. And in later books (Sheila Rae, the Brave) it's shown in the background that they become great friends. I think that's a bit much.

But my nieces love it. I think they just love seeing the bully get what he deserves and the victim become empowered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By madeline on April 27, 2011
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this book was cute and funny but not great at times it could be quite sad. but this book was good and i liked it. book basics: this book was about a girl and how a friend comes over and how mean the friend is to the girl. and then at the end how they like each other. and how they want to have a sleep over again.
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This is a story about a weekend when Wendell mouse comes to visit his cousin Sophie mouse. She is not happy with the visit. When he arrives, he skips up the stairs leaving Sophie to bring his things up to the room. When they play 'house', Wendell is the mother, the father, the children and Sophie is the dog. When they play 'bakery', Wendell is the baker while Sophie is the sweet roll. At dinner he says he is allergic to everything green and doesn't have to eat any vegetable. It goes on with Sophie feeling more miserable as Wendell gets away with everything. On the last day, they play in the garden and Sophie is fire chief. Wendell wants to be fire chief too. But as they play together with the water and both get wet, they forget about being fire chief and have fun together. So when Wendell has to go home Sophie is sad. They want to spend some time and play together again.
This is a very familiar scenario. It happens often. Sometimes cousins don't get along. Eventually they begin to play together and enjoy each other's company.
Simple story. Simple illustration. It is a book to read with kids while talking to them about sharing and accepting different characters in others.
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