Wenda the Wacky Wiggler


Author: Christopher Aslan

Illustrator: Emily Mullock

Published: 2008

Genre: Picture book

About Wenda the Wacky Wiggler: Even grumpy townsfolk can't stop Wenda from dancing.

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Review of Wenda the Wacky Wiggler

Wenda loves to dance. Even when she's sleeping, she's moving. But in the town where she lives the people are very serious and they don't like Wenda's behaviour. They try several things to get her to stop dancing but even complete silence doesn't stop Wenda.

The story had an inspiring message for children: be yourself, do your own thing, and don't let anything stop you. At first glance, some of the rhymes seemed a bit awkward but when I read the book out loud (to my fifteen-year-old!), they sounded fine. Besides, I don't think children would notice or care. And I loved the illustrations. They were big and bold and full of interesting little details. This was a fun book!

Reviewed by Lynn Bornath, with contributions from KB (age 15), from a review copy courtesy of Benjamin Brown Books, on 28 July 2009.

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More Reviews

Amy Bowllan, School Library Journal, 29 April 2009
“One message that resonates for me is to BE YOURSELF!”
Ellen Heaney, CM Magazine, 29 May 2009
“This book is well-meaning and definitely has a message, as the mission statement of the company expresses, but it is a clunker.”
Cheryl, The Book Connection, 20 July 2009
“Every child needs to know what they have to offer to this world; and Wenda the Wacky Wiggler is an excellent way to teach them this lesson while enjoying a fun book.”


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Added 28 July 2009.
Updated 05 September 2013.