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Sneaky Weasel Hardcover – February 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856259
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

“Nasty, measly” Sneaky Weasel’s schemes and scams have made him rich, but when nobody comes to his big party, Weasel determines to discover why. Rabbit reminds him that he was a school bully; Rat tells about how Weasel ruined his scientific experiment; and Shrew points out that Weasel’s mean actions have repercussions—a revelation that inspires Weasel to apologize (if initially reluctantly), reform, and try to be a good friend. The descriptive, lively narrative offers an entertaining exploration of bullying, including its impact on both bullies and victims; the challenges of changing behavior; and, ultimately, the rewards of kindness and generosity. The animated, colorful illustrations feature Weasel in intricately rendered scenes that are filled with clever details and insets that portray his past exploits. Throughout, the text and art convey Weasel’s transformation, extending all the way to the endpaper images of Weasel’s business ads, which progress in tone from nasty to nice. Children will embrace this amusing and supportive picture-book debut and its enjoyable protagonist, who discovers the meaning and value of friendship. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Review

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 16, 2009:
"[Shaw's] gangly ink drawings are amplified with funny visual asides ..., while the quirky typography imbues the narration with a dry lilt."

Review, People Magazine, April 6, 2009:
"A varmint whose wiles have earned him stuff, but no friends learns to be good– "but, you know, not sickeningly good."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2009:
"Sneaky Weasel has a wholesome moral mixed into abundant, sly humor ... It needs to be read and read again to ingest the bounty of visual jokes and lovable malice."

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My kids absolutely love this book.
MommyBird53816
When I finished reading Sneaky Weasel, I immediately thought of those students.
Books That Heal Kids
This a book that subtly teaches about values and getting along with others.
D. Fowler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I can't put my finger on it exactly, but there's something really comical about a weasel. Particularly the way this one is drawn - super slim and shifty eyed. He just looks like trouble in a fur suit.

Sneaky Weasel is just that - a smarmy guy who takes advantage of his friends. His mean tricks and hard hearted ways have made him an exceedingly wealthy mammal. He decides to host a party so everyone can see exactly how rich he is. After all, what's the point of having money if you can't lord it over others? Unexpectedly, not a single guest attends and Sneaky Weasel's party is a bust!

The solution is clear - he must hunt down the invited guests one by one and demand to know why. He learns the other animals clearly remember his mean and nasty tricks and don't want to have anything to do with him. Nobody came to his party because ... he's a bad friend. What's a weasel to do?

The illustrative details here are wonderful! Hannah Shaw has a quirky sense of humor and offers oodles of great bits - like the garden gnome at Rabbit's hutch or the "rare breed" fleas at Hedgehog's. Each page is packed full of goodies just waiting to be discovered. The front and back inside covers are covered with advertisements for Weasel's establishments - sneaky in front, good in back.

Behind the great illustrations is a good lesson for kids on being nice to others. Once Weasel discovers the error of his ways and stops being so darned sneaky, his friends start to enjoy spending time with him. Being good has its own rewards.
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Format: Hardcover
Weasel was going to have a party and naturally expected everyone to show up, but he "was a bully and a cheat" and no one was going to be remotely interested in showing up. Not a soul. He sent out his invitations and of course reminded them that he was "very rich and important" and asked them to show up on time. He got all dressed up in anticipation of his big day and even asked the mirror if he looked handsome. Of course the darn thing cracked because he really was kind of nasty looking. His cake was ready, the balloons were blown up, but no one showed. It was probably a good thing because the first one through the door was going to be hit with a bucket of water tied to the door handle SPLASH!

He started to go around asking everyone why they hadn't shown up. Rabbit remembered how Weasel duck taped him to the blackboard (upside down no less). Nope, not going. Rat remembered how Weasel put soap suds in the funnel and wrecked his chemistry experiment. Nope, not going. Then there was Hedgehog. Now that was a horrid story. Nope, never ever, ever going. He was rich, he was handsome (so he thought) and he couldn't figure out why no one was going to come to his party. What was Weasel going to do?

This is a funky and funny tale about a bully who just couldn't seem to figure out why no one liked him, despite his mean, nasty old ways and tricks. This a book that subtly teaches about values and getting along with others. The art work is very busy and is a great visual experience and "talks" to the reader in a way that the text can't. Dear friends, if you'd like to come and have a great party, er, reading experience please welcome Weasel to your home (and hope he straightens out ).
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By Gloria on December 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My disabled son loves this book! Just hearing him laugh at the story was joy (and he normally only reads nonfiction). It's a very funny book, and adults and children will love the story!
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