The Wacky World of Wendy White! a Whopper of a Tale by Barbara Ann Bonilla

Posted November 4, 2013 in Book Review / 2 Comments

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The Wacky World of Wendy White! a Whopper of a Tale by Barbara Ann BonillaThe Wacky World of Wendy White! a Whopper of a Tale by Barbara Ann Bonilla
Published by Outskirts Press on August 8th 2013
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 48
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

A fun and tasty read for eaters of all ages! With over a hundred unexpected food references hidden in the rhyming prose, this FAST-paced FOOD adventure will have you coming back for seconds. When precocious Wendy turns twelve years old, she summons up the courage to venture out from her lonely white castle, and begins an adventure that will change many lives forever. All she wanted was a little fast food, a bit of excitement and a visit with her old friend, Denny. Instead, she embarks on a journey, frightening at times, with unexpected turns, new friendships and the chance for the family she always dreamed of. Things go from bad to better in this captivating trilogy that spans many exciting years, and proves patience, persistence and optimism can pay off big time. This heartwarming story will keep you laughing and second guessing your intuition from start to finish. Grab some milk and cookies. You might get hungry in the wacky world of Wendy White. YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST! Here's what we're hearing about this delicious saga: "It made my mouth water!" - Rachael Raise. "Winning!" - Charlie Shines. "I hear she wrote it on a bus!" - J.K. Howlings. "Hot! Intriguing and sexy . . . in a wholesome way. - E.L. Flames. "It made me laugh out loud." - Jerry Signfelt. "It made me cry!" - Plate-o. "Awesome rhyming! Perfect timing! I loved it from start to finish! Now I might even eat spinach." - Dr. Sluessed. "I enjoyed the food references, but they all tasted like chicken." - Wolfgang Cluck. Try some for yourself . . . "With that these three dear children wandered further toward the ranch and passed a longhorn buffalo who roamed the field by chance. They strolled by Aunt Jemima's house, a rustic brown log cabin. On the porch rocked Mrs. Butterworth. Those two were always gabbing. Jack spread out the blanket where the ground was pancake flat. Denny passed out sandwiches. The three began to chat. Wendy's dream was coming true. Happy tears drippe

Main Points

Design
First off, I just want to say the design of this book was beautiful. The borders, the font, the color choice, and especially the pictures worked really well together and I can imagine a kid being really captivated by it. I loved how the pictures were so beautiful but the characters weren’t drawn quite the same way twice, just subtle differences but I enjoyed looking for them.
Writing Style 
The rhyming was very fun. Some of the words might have been a little hard for kids to understand, but I would definitely use it as a teaching opportunity if my kids were reading it.
Content
The plot was really heartwarming. I got lost among the food references a couple times but I give the author major props for including so many. Really, it was astounding. It was like a puzzle in every sentence. Rather impressive. I don’t think I even know that many types of candy, much less would be able to disguise them so well in a story. Kids would definitely be able to follow along and enjoy the story.
Characters
The characters were lovely, all of them, and the drawings so appropriate. (And there were TONS of characters.) Wendy sure is a dreamer, that girl.
Ending
Very happy ending. Not wanting for anything.

Bottom Line

This was a lovely book. I would really enjoy sharing this with my children (about 10 years in the future) and might just save it for that purpose. The rhyming and food references were excellent, as well as the overall design of the book which I commend. It is perfect for kids. Would I read more by this author? Most likely. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, to moms with young children and large appetites.

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Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book, “The Wacky World of Wendy White!” I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and you picked up on a secret that nobody else noticed yet!!! Really – you made my day. Thanks again!
Barbara Ann Bonilla

Alicia the Awesome
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No problem! It was truly a great book that deserved recommendation. What secret would that be?

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