________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 34. . . .May 12, 2017


Wade’s Wiggly Antlers.

Louise Bradford. Illustrated by Christine Battuz.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2017.
32 pp., hardcover, $17.95.
ISBN 978-1-77138-615-9.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Janice Foster.

**** /4



But Wade was worried. He would miss his antlers. He used them for so many things…

Paddles for Ping Pong… perches for giving his friends rides… catcher’s mitts for softball… and hooks for flying kites!

Wade decided he was going to keep his antlers.


Wade’s Wiggly Antlers is a delightful picture book that cleverly explores the topic that change is part of growing up. One winter’s morning while playing with his friends, Wade, a young moose, feels his antlers wiggle. Worried, he hurries home, and his mother reminds him that his antlers will fall off and new ones will grow in the summer. But wiggly antlers change how Wade can plays games. When he decides to stop doing those things that might make his antlers get looser, he realizes that he’s missing out on the fun. Wade decides that it’s time to lose his antlers. The next day when he arrives at the bottom of the hill after a bumpy toboggan ride, he feels something different; his antlers are gone. His mom prepares cupcakes for a celebration and places Wade’s first antlers in a special box. Then he waits for his new one to appear.

     The young audience will enjoy the engaging story that shows Wade worrying about his loose antlers and how that affects his daily activities. The reassurance that Wade’s mother gives him shows that change is normal. Children, especially those who have had loose teeth, can relate to such an experience. The story lends itself to further discussion about dealing with changes as we grow.

     Louise Bradford’s appealing story is accompanied by Christine Battuz’s amusing illustrations that incorporate a variety of techniques including pattern, shape, shadow and colour. These pictures draw the reader in to closely examine the many delightful features of each page. The partnering of the text and the art adds humour and enhances the characterization of Wade and his friends. Bradford’s text may be slightly challenging for the very early reader, but the richness of the words and sentences adds to the charm of the story. This also makes it a great read-aloud.

Highly Recommended.

Janice Foster is a retired teacher and teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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