(Ad-Gifted- We were sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this review- all views and opinions are that of my own or my family)
What Wesley Wore is a book about acceptance which is written by Samuel Langley-Swain and illustrated by Ryan Sonderegger. Here is the blurb;
“All the weasels in Westburrow Wood are supposed to follow the rules and fit in.
So, imagine their confusion when they meet Wesley, a wacky weasel, who is obsessed with clothes!
As the other weasels plot and protest against Wesley, readers will be eager to find out what happens in this heart-warming story about acceptance.”
Now I’m not here to tell you what does happen at the end, so there’s no spoilers! But I have to say that I completely agree that this story is truly heartwarming.
Violet started school September gone and we’re now at the stage where she absolutely loves to read books and she’ll try her best to read as much as possible on her own. This book was no exception to that and she managed it really well. The illustrations are beautiful too which adds to the experience of the story as it kept her interested in what was happening in each page. When I asked Violet if she could describe the story to me this is what she said…
“It’s about a weasel called Wesley who likes to wear really funky clothes but the other weasels think he’s silly for wearing them and they start to say nasty things and telling him to take the clothes off. It’s not a very nice thing for them to do because we’ve been learning in school that just because someone looks different, talks different or acts different to me, that doesn’t mean that what they’re doing is wrong and we shouldn’t be nasty because it can make the person feel sad and upset.”
She’s pretty much hit the nail on the head- and that’s coming from a five year old! I was really touched by how much Violet not just enjoyed this book, but understood what the meaning of the story is and could relate this to what she’d been learning in school. She did go on to tell me what happened at the end but as I said- I’m not going to ruin it for you! You’ll have to buy it for yourself as it’s available now from Waterstones.
I honestly feel that the author has created a bit of magic for kids with this book as it’s really important to teach them all about acceptance and touch on bullying even at such a young age.
This is a story which will stick with us for years to come- we LOVE it!