The Wainscott Weasel (Hardcover)

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By Tor Seidler, Fred Marcellino (Illustrator)
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THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL by Tor Seidler, illustrated by Fred Marcellino - Originally published in 1994, this children's book brings together Seidler's imaginative story-telling and Marcellino's exceptionally expressive art in a story an eye-patch wearing weasel named Bagley Brown. Bagley lives in the Wainscott woods, in lively weasel community that throws ho-downs and celebrates chicken egg raids to the local farm. Bagley, who has never fit in with the crowd, makes an unlikely friend in Bridget, a fish in a nearby lake. As the two friends grow closer, Bagley realizes that an osprey plus a bad drought is in Bridget's future and only a true hero can save her from the gruesome fate that awaits her. Against all odds and much to his own surprise, a hero is what Bagley proves himself to be. I loved this book so much I wrote not one, but two book reports on it! ~ Nancy

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True love, undying loyalty, and a daring rescue fill the pages of Tor Seidler’s beloved tale, rightfully compared to Charlotte’s Web by The New York Times.

Bagley isn’t your typical trouble-making weasel—and he doesn’t mind if his non-weaselly ways prompt teasing from his friends. For while other young weasels dance under the pines, Bagley thinks about Bridget, the mesmerizing fish who lives in a pond down the brook from his den. As the two unlikely friends grow closer, Bagley realizes that there is big trouble in Bridget’s future. Only a true hero can save Bridget from the gruesome fate that awaits her, and this is exactly what Bagley, much to his own surprise, proves himself to be.

Tor Seidler’s “engagingly imaginative story” (Kirkus Reviews) has been a treasured favorite since its original publication in 1994, and this edition features refreshed prints of Fred Marcellino’s “exceptionally expressive art” (Publishers Weekly).

About the Author

Tor Seidler is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of more than a dozen children’s books, including FirstbornThe Wainscott WeaselA Rat’s Tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Gully’s Travels, and most notably Mean Margaret, which was a National Book Award Finalist. He lives in New York, New York.

Fred Marcellino, the renowned and beloved artist and illustrator, won a Caldecott Honor for his first full-color picture book, Puss in Boots. He began his career in children’s literature with Tor Seidler’s A Rat’s Tale in 1985, and followed with many other classics such as I, Crocodile and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

Praise For…

Compared to Charlotte's Web by the New York Times: "It's just possible that not since a spider named Charlotte saved a pig named Wilbur has there been a more tender tale of interspecies love and devotion."

"Seidler's animal society is wonderfully amusing and consistent...Marcellino's gracious compositions, delicate modeling, and amiable characterizations are in perfect tune with the engagingly imaginative story."

"A dry wit inspires Seidler's characterizations, which are original and at the same time respectful of animal nature. Marcellino enhances and even extends teh beguiling ambiance with his exceptionally expressive art."

"Surely one of the finest novels of the year, Seidler's fresh, inventive fantasy of a weasel-in-love, and his deeds of derring-do, will delight all readers. This is not to be missed."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481410106
ISBN-10: 1481410105
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Pages: 208
Language: English