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Children's Fiction Friendship

Oddrey and the New Kid

by (author) Dave Whamond

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2018
Friendship, Humorous Stories, Zoos
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3


Ever since she averted disaster in the class production of The Wizard of Oz, Oddrey has been making new friends at school. Her classmates have come to appreciate her irrepressible charm and Oddrey, in turn, encourages them to be their own unique selves. So when Oddrey's teacher introduces a new girl, Maybelline, to the class, Oddrey, ever the optimist, is sure that they'll become the best of friends.

But Maybelline's elaborate storytelling habits and bossy playground personality soon force Oddrey to reconsider. Fed up with Maybelline's tall tales, and her classmates’ fascination with Maybelline’s stories, Oddrey challenges Maybelline during a class trip to the zoo. The adventure that ensues is Maybelline's — and Oddrey's — best adventure yet!

About the author

DAVE WHAMOND a illustré la série Margot et My Think-a-ma-Jink, tous deux gagnants du prix Blue Spruce. Il a également signé les illustrations des livres de Robert Munsch Quelle tête!, C’est petit ici! et Je raffole de l’école!, et est l'auteur d'une bande dessinée intitulée Reality Check, qui paraît quotidiennement dans un certain nombre de journaux nord-américains. Dave habite à Calgary, en Alberta.


DAVE WHAMOND is the creator of Oddrey and My Think-a-ma-Jink, both winners of the Blue Spruce Award. He illustrated the Robert Munsch books Braids!, Think Big! and School Rules! He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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  • Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award (finalist)

Editorial Reviews

"Whamond's detailed illustrations are colorful and lively — much like the two main characters."

School Library Journal

"Gives cartoonist Whammond lots of creative opportunities that will delight readers."


"[Whamond's] cartooning talents shine in this picture book... Young readers will understand at the heart of Oddrey's quirky nature is a strong leader who supports and encourages her friends to reach for the sky."

National Reading Campaign

"Whamond's engaging and imaginative watercolor illustrations once again steal the show in this story about the ups and downs of friendship, and the importance of loving your friends for exactly who they are."

Christian Library Journal

"Featuring unapologetically cartoonish kids and quick-cut action, this sequel will appeal to fans of Whamond's first book... and inspire fans to look forward to a third"

Books for Kids Blog

"In Whamond's Oddrey's return, she must contend with a little touch of competition for the limelight."

Kirkus Reviews

"[The] quirky titular protagonist returns for another adventure."

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