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A Weekend with Wendell (Mouse Books)

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Wendell was spending the weekend at Sophie's house. Playing house, Wendell was the mother, the father, and the children; Sophie was the dog. Playing bakery, Wendell was the baker; Sophie got to be the sweet roll. Wendell shone his flashlight in Sophie's eyes when she tried to sleep. But when he gave her a new hairdo with shaving cream, it was the last straw, and Sophie mad ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 18th 1986 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
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Amar Pai
Wendell breaks all of Sophie's crayons and commits various other atrocities

Sophie waits till Wendell is asleep, then beats him nearly to death using a tube sock filled with batteries

I thought that was unnecessarily harsh for a children's book
Jan 24, 2013 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Discussions about bullies
Shelves: picture-books
Wendell's parents go away for the weekend and he comes to sleep over at Sophie's house. You can see that Sophie is not really happy about the idea, with good reason. Wendell is bossy and causes trouble. Sophie appears to try and ignore his behavior and only questions quietly about when he is going home. I guess my problem with the book is not so much in Sophie eventually standing up for herself and turning the hose on Wendell, it's that they seem to become friends at the end. I just don't see th ...more
Muhuawu wu
A Weekend with Wendell is a delightful book by Kevin Henkes. Wendell was spending the weekend at Sophie's house. Playing house, Wendell was the mother, the father, and the children; Sophie was the dog. Playing bakery, Wendell was the baker; Sophie got to be the sweet roll. Wendell shone his flashlight in Sophie's eyes when she tried to sleep. But when he gave her a new hairdo with shaving cream, it was the last straw, and Sophie made up a game that left Wendell speechless for a time -- and won t ...more
Wendell arrives to stay for the weekend, which Sophie thinks could be fun, but after playing games where Wendell is the only one that gets to play, Wendell ruining her crayons and being woken in the night to Wendell shinning a flashlight in her eyes, Sophie just wants him to be gone. However, with a little imagination and a gentle lesson in sharing, soon Sophie can't wait for Wendell to come back (unlike Sophie's parents!).

A good lesson in hospitality for kids, as they're bound to have to share

Christie Lee
This is a great book about learning to get along with peers. When Wendel comes to stay, he bosses Sophia around, takes her things, and makes a mess or two. Finally, by the last afternoon, Sophia decides to take the lead and makes`the rules for the last game. They wind up having a great time, not caring who is in charge of the rule making. Learning about give and take in a relationship is very important. The illustrations show in detail what Sophia is feeling when Wendel does things to her. The s ...more
Erin Feller
Personal reflection: I liked this book because it was an easy book to follow and focused on an important issue of friendship. The illustrations are very structures and appear as if you are looking through a window.

Read aloud to K-1 for enjoyment, developing character, and morals. Wendell does not start out as the best house guest but he learns throughout the weekend to be respectful and considerate of his friends needs.

While the vocabulary and figurative language are not tha
Haley Dustman
The story is about all of the hi-jinks one young mouse's cousin, Wendell, brings about when he stays for the weekend. Wendell takes control of all of the games he and his cousin play which doesn't sit well with his cousin or her parents. Wendell isn't necessarily mean but he's a bit naughty, and his cousin must learn how to keep up with his amusing ideas of fun as the story goes on.Most students could probably recount an instance where they were either the overconfident and manipulitive Wendell, ...more
Casey Richard
This was one of my favorite books growing up and it was my dad’s favorite book to read to us. Maybe I’m biased, but this book holds special value because it was a gift from my dad’s mother (my Grandma) whom I am not able to remember because she passed when I was an infant. This is the story of Wendell spending the weekend with his dear friend, Sophie. Wendell isn’t the nicest houseguest to have and he treats Sophie poorly. He always makes the rules when they play house and Sophie is never able t ...more
Alyssa Sherry
Another mouse book by Kevin Henkes, A Weekend with Wendell is actually the first of the mouse books! Wendell is a mischievous little mouse that likes making all of the rules. Little Sophie, a much more submissive mouse character is annoyed by Wendell over the weekend that she spends with him.

The cute watercolor pictures are just as well-done, but they seem to be less detailed than the mouse books that follow. Henkes still includes the repetition in this book, though he doesn't add any diffucul
Wendell is very outgoing and has a dominating personality while Sophie is a very quiet mouse. When he goes to stay with Sophie’s family for the weekend, the two don’t get a long right away. Wendell wants to choose all the games, make all the rules, and be the best characters, so naturally Sophie doesn’t have much fun. Sophie’s parents start to get annoyed by Wendell as well because he doesn’t eat his vegetables, melts crayons on the porch, and finger paints their table coth with peanut butter an ...more
Not my favorite "mouse" book. My nieces adore it, but the storyline seems a bit odd to me.

Wendell comes to visit, and he's a major brat. Okay. Sophie clearly knew this before he came over, why didn't her parents?

The resolution in the book seems a bit forced, that's what it is. Wendell is worse than a brat, he's a bully - he causes trouble and leaves notes saying that Sophie did it, he leaves a note of himself as a monster attacking Sophie before bed (so you can't say that he's just misunderstood
This might just be my favorite children's book of all time (besides Jamberry, by Bruce Degan). Kevin Henkes absolutely nailed every single component of what makes an amazing, relatable, genuinely funny, poignant piece of children's literature. What happens in this book is real. We've all either been Wendall, or we've been Sophie, or both, and it's just funny how true this book felt about childhood. Highly recommend.
It's a good book. Wendell spends the weekend at Sophie's house because his parents were going out of town to visit some relatives. He's a handful and really gets on Sophie's nerves. She keeps asking her mother and father when he is leaving. They always say soon. When Wendell gives Sophie a hairdo with shaving cream, she asked him if he wanted to play firefighter. He said "Yes." Sophie made the rules. She was the firefighter and he was the burning building. At the end, they share the hose and don ...more
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I am a huge Henkes fan, especially for use in the classroom. While I enjoyed how this story was set up, the quick turnaround at the end soured the story for me just a bit and it wasn't a huge hit with my readers. Gave us the opportunity to discuss friendship, behaviors, and expectations, though!
A year ago, I wasn't much of a Henkes fan but I am liking them more and more. This books is no exception. I hate mice in real life but they are personified so I can deal it. I love that these mice show real like conflict and how to resolve it. Cute and nice!
We read Wemberly Worried this morning and enjoyed it a lot, but this one wasn't quite as good. While this one was also a great selection for W week, I didn't like the story as much. Wendell was too unlikeable. I was happy when Sophie gets him with the hose, but didn't feel that way for long when he cried. The ending reminded me a lot of a Jessie Bear book where his cousin comes to visit; both end with the kids being friends and not wanting the guess to leave. I will say that Henkes understands k ...more
Christine Nuzum
This book really resonated with my daughter when she was five. Laugh out loud lines like: "WHen they played baker, Wendell was the baker and the customers. Lilly was the sweet roll."
Sophie does not enjoy energetic assertive Wendell's weekend visit until the very end, when she learns to assert herself and finds out Wendell can be fun to play with after all.

Very cute. Sophie and Wendell mice. The pictures are very nice detailed colored pen drawings. Excellent book for the shyer student who might feel that the more boisterous students pass them by. It could be used to start a class discussion about ways to play/work with others, especially if you have students who take control
One of my children's early favorites helps children understand the concepts of fair play and being polite.
Carrie Marie Lawson Brewer
A story about an annoying relative who comes to stay - who chills after getting a taste if his own medicine.
Wendell spends the weekend at Sophie's house because his parents are out of town. Wendell is bossy. When he and Sophie play hospital, he is "the doctor, the nurse and the patient" while poor Sophie is stuck being the desk clerk. Finally, Sophie gives Wendell a taste of his own medicine. While the grown ups are glad to see Wendell head home, Sophie and Wendell have established a sweet friendship.

A fun and sweet story for younger students. While there is not a strong curriculum connection, this i
Kyle Jorris
I ADORED this book as a child! This book is in my top 10 for all time favorite children's books.
Angela Hollen
A good book to show kids to be respectful of each other and each other's things.
wendell teases and bosses and no grown-up intervenes at all
no apologies at the end yet the two mice become friends
Author-illustrator Kevin Henkes uses his pictures to complement his text and add depth to the story. The book sets up a common childhood conflict: a new child enters the scene with a dominant personality and takes advantage of the meeker, non-confrontational child. Kids and adults can relate to the feelings that are portrayed in Henkes' pictures. A clever ploy evens the playing field for both children and the book ends in a way that will leave readers satisfied yet wanting more of the clever ant ...more
This story was okay. Not one of Kevin Henkes best pieces of work.
I would likely rate this sweet story at one and a half stars.
I find myself smiling at the style of the very independent Wendell, even as his mischievous escapades cause trouble for those around him while he stays at a friend's house for the weekend.
Look closely, and you'll find the warmth and heart in this book. It's there, and it makes it as good a story as it is. I appreciate this effort by the highly-skilled and versatile Kevin Henkes.
Wendell visits Sophie's house for the weekend. He is a bully and Sophie can't wait for him to leave, that is until she begins standing up for herself. They become friends in the end, though it seems a bit forced, and I rather wonder if the friendship would last if he were staying longer. If anything, the moment of friendship seems to be a temporary balance. Still, it's a quick, entertaining read and promotes standing up for oneself.
This book is a great example of how to and not to treat others when playing. I think Henkes does an amazing job in his illustrations of depicting typical body language of a child who is not having fun or who's feelings are hurt. I think this would be a great book to use with Kindergartners to talk about "Reading" others' body language. It is also a good book to have a discussion about how to play fairly when both people have ideas to share.
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
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