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Wendel's Workshop Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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Wendel, a hardworking inventor mouse, sometimes invents so much he forgets to sleep, and whenever a doodad doesn’t work, he just tosses it aside. To handle the scrap heap, he invents a robot, names it Clunk, and sets it to work tidying up. But when Clunk makes a few mistakes, Wendel sends the robot to the junk pile and invents a bigger, badder cleaning robot, the Wendelbot. This one goes on a psycho cleaning jag and whisks Wendel right out of his workshop. Reunited with Clunk, Wendel invents an army of messy-minded robots to blow a gasket in the Wendelbot. In the end, Wendel learns that broken things demand mending, not trashing. Riddell fuses a gently twisted sensibility with his trademark finely wrought pen work and displays a winning sense of scale, filling some pages with multiple vignettes and others with full bleeds to punctuate the drama. Super fun, with tons to look at and a helpful but understated message, this picture book is ideal for solo readings, where the intricacies of the artwork can be fully appreciated. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ian Chipman
“It is a smart author who can slip a moral into a children’s story without making it in the least didactic, but Chris Riddell has an illustrious track record as one of the smartest children’s authors around.” (The Guardian)
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The story has all the elements to enthrall little readers. Inventions, robots, a few glitches and a good lesson, in the end, makes Wendel's Workshop a memorable book. The inventor Wendel is so busy with his work and inventions that he like most small children forgets to tidy as he goes. Just dumping stuff and scraping what he finds useless.
When he invents Wendelbot and thinks the robot is perfect, that's when the trouble starts. The robot with his cleanliness instinct sets out to cause major trouble for Wendel. The inventor learns his lesson when he finds himself in a tight spot and his old inventions come to his rescue.
The book comes with a few lessons in cleanliness, organizing, and caring for our things. As well as the story which is easy to read and funny, the pictures add to the overall reading experience. The illustrations and the detailed pictures of various robots are a true delight for my son. I too enjoyed the storybook. We are going to read more books by the author.
This book, Wendel's Workshop is a perfect read for the vacations since each page has so much to read, learn and discuss. Even the crazy Wendelbot is a bit of fun!
Wendel decided he really needed to do something about it and, of course, invented a robot named Clunk to tidy up the place. Clunk turned out to be a clunker. He made the bed upside down, folded the clothes into knots, mopped the floor by the handle, and even poured tea in Wendel's rubber boot. The only thing left to do was clunk Clunk. "CLUNK!" Out he went into a scrap heap with the rest of the junk. Inventing a new robot was just the ticket and he Wendel sat at the drawing board creating another one. Wendelbot, the new bot, was just a tad TOO tidy and the next thing you know Wendel was heading down the rubbish chute and onto the scrap heap. Clunk, clunk . . . just how was Wendel going to remedy this situation?
Wendel and his little robot dilemma will make your little ones laugh and wonder just how he's going to get out of trouble. Both the busy, charming story and the bold, vibrant artwork jointly give this tale a sense of adventure with a big dollop of fun thrown in the mix. This book will have especial appeal to those little ones who enjoy imaginary play or are wild about anything "robot." The "untidy" aspect has a lot of chuckle appeal and youngsters will love it as well. If you want an uncommonly fun, inventive tale, this is one you might want to consider!