________________ CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 19 . . . . January 20, 2012

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Wandering Wenda and the Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery.

Margaret Atwood. Illustrated by Dušan Petriàić.
Toronto, ON: McArthur & Co, 2011.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-77807-000-0.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Inderjit Deogun.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Wenda was a willowy child with wispy hair and wistful eyes. When she was just a wee one, her wise and watchful parents were whisked away by a weird whirlwind.

After that, Wenda had wandered here and wandered there, wearing a well-worn worsted sweater that was too wide for her, and wondering when she would find them. “Where, oh where could they be?” she wailed.

One day, Wenda saw a WANTED poster. The words were:

WANTED!

WIZARD WILLUP,
WIELDER OF
WHIRLWIND WAND!

FOR WHIPPING UP
WEIRD WHIRLWINDS.

WHOPPING REWARD!

“Well,” said Wenda. “I wonder!”

Wenda’s parents have been whisked away. Taken by one of Wizard Willup’s weird whirlwinds. And Wenda has been searching tirelessly for them ever since. When Wenda is snatched by Widow Wallop, she comes upon a curious clue in the form of Wilkinson, Wu and Wanapitai. Just like her, they, too, have lost their parents to a weird whirlwind. Can this possibly be a coincidence?

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     Dušan Petriàić’s illustrative style is a perfect fit for Wandering Wenda. His soft illustrations effortlessly ground Atwood’s out of this world approach to storytelling. Though Petri?i?’s art is small in size, his use of colour amplifies each illustration ten-fold.

     Award-winning author Margaret Atwood is at it again. Wandering Wenda offers young readers a whimsical story about a girl searching for her missing parents. Atwood’s use of alliteration is an absolute delight. The playful nature of the text will captivate readers right from the beginning. They are sure to devour this tale just to see if the wordplay lasts until the very end.

Recommended.

Mississauga, ON’s Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children’s literature.

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