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Weekend with Wendall
Kevin Henkes

by Jennifer Zrimec
(Grandville, MI, USA)

Sophie is challenged by spending a very long weekend with Wendall, a boy that is a true force of nature.

Sophie quietly suffers through the indignities of playing with Wendall without complaint, only asking one question, "When is Wendall leaving?"

As the weekend wears on and Sophie has finally had enough of Wendall's ways, she musters the courage to fight fire with fire and play Wendall's way.

Once she gains her bravery, she ends up closing the weekend with Wendall having a soppingly good time. The only question for Sophie then is, "When is Wendall coming back?"

I love this children's story because of Kevin Henkes' ability to communicate the strong emotions of all the characters without having to spell it out for the reader. We are never told how Sophie feels, and yet we know beyond a shadow of a doubt exactly what she is feeling.

Most of us can relate to these awkward and uncomfortable moments. You will find yourself rolling your eyes at Wendall and cheering for Sophie by the end of the story. This picture book stands above others for this very reason.

It is a fun read that my children and I have loved over the years and continue to read together today even though they are now 8 and 12.

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Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes Books - Wonderful
by: Annie Desantis

Hi Jennifer,

I love Kevin Henkes' books too, he is funny, and like you said, is very good at putting an emotional component into his stories.

I think one of my favorites is Sheila Rae, the Brave. My kids often used to pick this to read to younger children, demonstrating their own love of it.

Thanks for a great review!
Annie D :)

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