Posted by Venus on Thursday, March 13, 2014
Labels: intermediate book review
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Everyone thinks Woodrow is weird, especially the school bullies Garrett and Hubcap. That is until a new kid comes to school. Toulouse is short, dresses in a suit, has huge eyes, and barely speaks. Woodrow sees a kindred spirit in Toulouse and soon they form a fast friendship, but even he can't shake the feeling that there is something more than a little strange with his new friend.
A cute little book that could be considered part of the new bully movement in books. Woodrow is a cute kid who is struggling to find who he is, fighting desperately to be true to himself and yet be liked. Toulouse is the mystery, but he is also Woodrow's only hope for if there is someone else who is strange at his school maybe it is okay for him to be a little strange or at the very least, someone to take the bullies attention off himself.
That said, I am not particularly fond of books that give away the "twist" on the book cover. I was actually quite annoyed by it, because only a moron would not get the obvious clues just from the cover. Kids aren't that dumb. Now, perhaps the intention was that the reader is supposed to know more about the story than the main character, but the fact that this is revealed on the cover takes all the mystery out of it. This basically means that this is just a story about bullies. Honestly, if they release this in paperback, I highly suggest they change the cover as it would help the story immensely.