Wodney Wat, the lovable rodent who cannot pronounce the r sound, receives a remarkable robot as a birthday present (Hooway for Wodney Wat, 1999).
This pile of metal can do something that Rodney cannot: It can parrot his speech, correcting the pronunciation. Rodney is having great fun with his new metal companion when the enormous bully, Camilla Capybara, returns. Camilla explodes into the room, terrifying everyone, including the teacher. When the robot malfunctions, developing a RRRRR roar, Camilla's weaknesses are exposed, allowing Wodney, assisted by his sidekick, to send her rolling out the door. Munsinger's over-the-top illustrations are the star here. A deft use of humorous expressions on every rodent face will allow young readers to ally with beloved Wodney as he negotiates the challenges of school: ordering wibs and wice (ribs and rice), exercising on the wings (rings) at PE and adding 2+1. With his wobot, it's a snap! Poured into her pink dress, Camilla bursts onto each spread, the pages barely able to contain her. When she is scared, her size is reduced, a fine visual clue to her diminishing power.
This sequel will be embraced by youngsters who struggle with their speech and need some hints on how to handle the capybaras in their lives. (Picture book. 4-9)Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Still having trouble with the letter R, Wodney Wat receives a talking "wobot" for his birthday, which repeats everything he says and--best of all--has no trouble pronouncing "R's." Things are great until the return of infamous bully Camilla Capybara ("Everyone thought Camilla had gone west. Forever"), who resumes tormenting her classmates. But Camilla is nothing if not shrewd: when Wodney's wobot stops working, she swaps her frilly, pink dress for doctor's scrubs and confidently replaces its battery (before being chased away once again). Readers should have fun reading aloud in Wodney's voice, but multidimensional Camilla is a scene-stealer herself. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
K-Gr 2--Adorable Wodney Wat has found a solution to his speech issue. He receives a "Wobot" for his birthday: "a tewiffic pwesent!" especially since this robot can repeat anything that is said to it. Now instead of ordering "wibs and wice" at lunch, Wodney directs his robot to order "ribs and rice." Unfortunately, the fun ends when Camilla Capybara, the World's Meanest Rodent, returns with a vengeance. Camilla zeros in on Rodney's stutter, mocking him at a crucial moment when his robot breaks. Luckily, the robot's malfunction ends up scaring Camilla, resulting in her ego being knocked down a peg or two. In the end, she is defeated, the robot is fixed, and everyone is happy. Wodney is a wonderfully quirky character with whom many children will connect. Munsinger's illustrations are joyful and humorous. A lively addition for most libraries.--Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA[Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.