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In Wesley's new world, he no longer needs a watch because he uses a flower stalk as a sundial, dividing the day into 8 segments, one for each of the flower's petals. A new language (based on an 80-letter alphabet) and counting system (based on the number 8) soon follow. Ah, Weslandia. Slowly but surely his once-tormenting classmates become curious. And soon enough, Wesley allows them to help him crush seeds for oil, which "had a tangy scent and served him both as suntan lotion and mosquito repellent." He also invents sports that are less distasteful to him than football--"games rich with strategy and complex scoring systems," and watches patiently as his classmates blunder. Wesley's parents say that he looks happy for the first time in years. And when he returns to school in September? "He had no shortage of friends." Newbery Medal winner and onetime alternate-world creator Paul Fleischman shines in this deadpan-but-hilarious picture book, and illustrator Kevin Hawkes's splendid paintings will delight young readers with the explosion of colorful, comical details. Kids young and old will love the once-outcast hero Wesley and his Robinson Crusoe-style triumphs. (Ages 8 to 11, or for reading aloud to younger children) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Wesley is an outcast because Wesley is different; everyone lives in cookie-cutter houses, on cookie-cutter streets, with cookie-cutter hairdos. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Brutal Honesty
Love, love, love this story and its art. My family read this first at the library and had to add it to our collection; great for those with a garden-themed children's home library... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mme. Calico
I love this book and ordered it for my classroom. It is a paperback, which I didn't know when I placed the order. Read morePublished 3 months ago by katherine
This is an absolutely enthralling story with a beautiful underdog theme. My favorite aspect is that this is a perfect introduction to permaculture, in that it delves into Earth... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aaron Blackmor
My 9 year old grand daughter was enthralled with the story and the illustrations. I think the reality of feeling an outsider, handled in the main character struck an immediate... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Auntie Em
Wonderful book that I first read to my boys when they were small and I now give to the young children in the family- boys and girls. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Samantha Doss
My kids love this book. Wesley takes the things he loves and doesn't cave to peer pressure.Published 10 months ago by Lisa