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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059116
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a group of weasels that live on Long
Island in the Wainscott Woods. The story is about the life
of the weasels. The main characters of the book are Bagley
Brown, which is famous for his name because his father built
the Double-B which is used for transporting eggs from a farm.
After his father made the tunnel he was never seen again because a night owl got him, but only Bagley knew. Zeke is a nice weasel
and a good dancer. Wendy is a girl from the north fork. The
story is about the many adventures of Bagley. It is a great
book with super great illustrations, I am a nine year old
boy and I loved this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oddsfish VINE VOICE on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler is a marvelous book for children. Any person who enjoys books like The Wind in the Willows, Watership Down, Charlotte's Web, and Winnie-the-Pooh will love this humorous and moving story. It concerns Bagley Brown, Jr. He is the son of a famous, brilliant weasel. Bagley has neither lived up to his family name nor lived down his parents death. To further his troubles, he falls in love...with a fish. Eventually, Bagley must try to save his love and live up to his heritage. This is a humorous and adventurous tale that takes you into another world. Any child should enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Kind of like two storys in one, mainly about three weasels each having a diffrent goal. And different tastes... Wendy Blackish has come to Wainscott woods with her uncle and aunt for the season. She soon falls in love with the famous Bagely Brown jr. Zeke White Belly is quickly falls under Wendy's spell, and he has all sorts of admirers. But for Bagely, his heart has been captured, by a fish! But her pond is being dried up and there is another danger. An osprey. Will Bagley let anything bad happen? What will Zeke do about Wendy? What will Wendy do about Zeke? Read it! Tor Seidler + Fred Macellino = Perfection! That's why I recommend this book! And 'A RAT'S TALE' If you are like me, and like good books, than read a this boook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Three Pink Toes on July 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful story which takes place at a location Mr. Seidler used to visit and that means a lot to him. The weasel society enjoys life and dancing, and even has its own celebrity, Bagley Brown. Bagley has a secret crush that would raise eyebrows if it were discovered, and he questions a pretty weasel's crush on him because he's never done anything great enough to earn the honor of sharing his father's name. Circumstances happen to change his destiny, and the destiny of his tough-guy rival, Zeke Whitebelly. I liked the theme of loving someone who's different, because even in this day and age the love of someone for a person of a different color or faith still raises some eyebrows. The way the book ended was a complete surprise to me, and the description of the beautiful lake with the ocean nearby made me wish I could pay a visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
What book has a humble hero, cross-cultural interaction, death defying action, sweet and sorrowful romance, loving relationships, and fun for the whole family? The Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler. We read this to our 6 year old son and he loved it! Of course, his dad and I had to finish it ourselves after our son went to bed because it was so good. We highly recommend it for reading aloud to your children
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I am in 8th grade and considered an advanced reader. I really liked this book and so did several of my friends (who are also good readers.) I believe that, although 4th grade is a good starting level, kids who like fanasy and imagination will love this book even through grade 10.
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Format: School & Library Binding
I found The Wainscott Weasel while searching for chapter books appropriate to read a 4 year old. Ours was definitely very into it. She loves animals and wilderness and since this has characters that span water, land, and air it was a good match. The intensity of story of a "love that can never be" was certainly over her head, but she got the basics of it. I was surprised how deep the emotions ran in such a strange "talking animals" tale. For a parent, the best thing about this story is having ZERO idea what is going to happen. It's an incredibly original book. If I wrote out the plot I'm afraid I'd give away too much, but I can tell you when I do explain it to other adults they are perplexed.

The 3rd quarter of the book drags a fair amount as the writer gives a very detailed blow-by-blow process of a major task of the main character performs. That part seems to go forever. Otherwise, the quality of the writing and how much credit the author gives his young audience is very impressive and successful.

The art is superb. Fred Marcellino, who was even a writer of books for children, created a beautiful collection of images here. At the very least you have to see these illustrations.
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By Plusle on September 13, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
Bagley Brown is a loner in the weasel community of Long Island's Wainscott woods. He doesn't ever dance, doesn't ever socalize. Surprising behavior of someone with a famous father, the very weasel who coordinated the digging of the famous Double B, a tunnel that leads right to a henhouse. Bagley's thinking about Bridget, a brook trout who lives in a pond down the brook from his den. But a horrific threat, from an osprey terrorising the pond, endangers Bridget's life. But what can one small weasel do about it? A beautifully written tale, with delightful illustratitons. The ending is a bit sad, however. :-( Don't overlook this book, no matter what your age!
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