From Publishers Weekly
"A dry wit inspires [Seidler's] characterizations," said PW in a starred review of this story about an animal community on Long Island, adding that "Marcellino enhances and even extends the beguiling ambiance with his exceptionally expressive art." Ages 5-up.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-The Weasels are in love in the Wainscott Woods. Zeke Whitebelly loves Wendy Blackish, who admires Zeke for his whiteness. Bagley Brown, the "Wainscott Weasel," is deeply in love and obsessed with Bridget, a silver fish who says that "fish are meant for fish." Most of the major and minor characters are stereotypes-Zeke is the macho chauvinist, and Bagley is the brooding loner. However, Wendy is an independent female who's not afraid to invite a man to a party or ask to lead when they dance. The plot revolves around these romantic interests and Bagley's attempt to save Bridget and the other inhabitants of the pond from the preying osprey. Bagley hatches a plan to move the bird's nest and nearly sacrifices his life carrying it out. He and Bridget meet one last time, and she says she realizes that what's on the inside is more important than the outside. But, she and Bagley cannot be together. Marcellino's soft, pencil illustrations, in both color and black and white, are drawn from exciting perspectives, much like his picture books. The book is handsomely designed with its choice of typeface and layout. Unfortunately, the charming illustrations are not enough to carry this melodramatic story. Unlike Charlotte's Web or The Wind in the Willows, these creatures are anthropomorphized without regard for their animal personalities and characteristics, and they serve only to carry the author's less-than-subtle message.Cheri Estes, Dorchester Road Regional Library, Charleston, SC
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