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Hooway for Wodney Wat

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  4,225 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
This resealable package comes with a paperback and a two-sided cassette tape. The professionally narrated audio production includes lively sound eVects and original music. Side one includes page-turn signals; side two features an uninterrupted reading.
ebook, 32 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1999)
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Katie Fitzgerald
I have a major problem with this book. I read it for a conference I will attend this Fall. It's part of a group of books on the theme of bullying. I think children's books about bullying are used to serve two main purposes. One is to teach the lesson that picking on each other is wrong and the other is to help kids who are bullied feel like they're not the only ones, and learn strategies to help them cope with bullies. Hooway for Wodney Wat sends a message that doesn't suit either of those purpo ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American Library Association Notable Book Award (2000)
Monarch Award (2005)

I truly enjoyed Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester always entertains young readers. Wodney Wat has a problem. He pronounces Rs like Ws. The other rodents ruthlessly tease him. One day, a new student-a very large rodent, named Camilla Capybara, barges into class. All the rodents are frightened by this larger and smarter rodent. When Wodney Wat is named the leader in Simon Says, his speaking deficit becomes his greatest str
May 07, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester is a book about bullying, concerning someone with a speech impediment. Rodney is teased by other rodents because he can't pronounce his R's. When Camilla Capybara joins Rodney's class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid. Rodney manages to outwit her during a game of Simon Says, saving the day.

Hooway for Woodney Wat has plenty of humor. Everyone is happy to see the underdog, er underrat, tri
Sep 14, 2008 Connie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wodney suffers from a common problem - he says w instead of r. That in and of itself should have been okay, but he's shown being teased mercilessly by the other students. No adult notices and steps in, even when he's unable to speak up in class and either totally ostracised or - slightly better - so shy from this treatment that he avoids the other rodents entirely and never even pokes his head out of his jacket.

This is realistic enough - unfortunately - but that doesn't make it pleasant for me t
Mar 23, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooway for Wodney Wat has won countless awards for its exceptional story. The story teaches children about empathy for differences amongst their peers. In this story, we have Rodney Rat who can not pronounce the letter ‘r’. He pronounces his name as Wodney Wat due to his inability to pronounce the ‘r’. His classmates tease him continuously because of his speech impediment making Rodney Rat feel miserable and friendless. His status amongst his classmates changes when he is able to outsmart the bu ...more
Julia Stevens
I have a little cousin who has a hard time pronouncing his C's. This story is so empowering for children like him who may have some type of speech impediment. This story could also provide a lesson in bully prevention.
Oct 23, 2010 Relyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
I have loved this book for a long, long time. It is perfect and beautiful. It also leads to fantastic conversations about character and bullying. Plus, it's fantastic to read aloud.
Jan 29, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 5-year-old daughter really liked this book (and my 11-year-old really liked reading it to her). :)
Anna Hernandez
Poor little Rodney Rat just couldn’t pronounce his R’s. The other rodents in his classroom teased him about it constantly. One day a big, mean bully named, Camilla Capybara joined Rodney’s class and everyone is afraid. Everyone is so intimidated by Camilla until one day shy, little Rodney Rat beats Camilla at a game of Simon Says and the whole class is overjoyed. My response to this book is that I really like it. I think it is super cute and very funny. I would love to have this book in my class ...more
Andrea Wickenhagen
Poor little Wodney Wat could not pronounce his R's, he couldn't even say his real name Rodney Rat. Everyone at P.S 142 Elementary School for Rodents made fun of Wodney. "What's another name for bunny?" they would ask Wodney and he would reply "Wabbit." Everyone poked fun at poor little Wodney that he was the shyest rodent in elementary school. He as lunch alone and would hide in his jacket at recess not playing with any of the other students. Until one day Camilla Capybara came to school. She wa ...more
Lindsay Fischer
Oct 07, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hooway for Wodney Wat" is a charming story about a young rat who has a speech impediment. Rodney is the main character and he can't pronounce his Rs. All of the children tease him for his problem and he becomes very shy. One day a new student named Camilla joins the class. She is the biggest rodent at the school and the meanest bully. All the students are afraid of her. Rodney is chosen to lead the games at recess and he makes his limitations his strengths when he gets rid of Camilla once and ...more
Brittney Griffith
"Hooway for Wodney Wat" is a wonderful book about a small rat named Rodney who is attending school at PS 142 Elementary School for Rodents. The only thing is, Rodney cannot pronounce his "R"s and all of the other kids give him so much trouble about it. They trick him into using words that use r's like train, which for Rodney comes out as "twain'. Poor Rodney is so sad and alone at school from being bullied by his peers. But one day, PS 142 receives a new student, Camilla Capybara. She is bigger, ...more
Brianna Jones
Feb 07, 2009 Brianna Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: melody, catalogue
Genre: Picture book

Reading Level: Early- transitional 5-8

Topics and Themes: Bullying, overcoming obstacles. Wodney is subjected to daily bullying because of his speech impediment, but ends up saving all of his classmates from an even bigger bully.

Curricular Use: Read-Aloud

Social: Deals with the issue of bullying. The students pick on Rodney until an even bigger bully comes to the school and picks on everyone. When Rodney runs off the bully during a game of Simon says all the other children rea
Alex Tierney
Jan 25, 2012 Alex Tierney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooway For Wodney Wat is about a rat named Rodney who cannot pronounce the letter "r." The children at school make fun of him for this and Rodney feels very left out from all the activties that the other kids in his class do. One day a new student comes to class named Camilla Capybara who thinks that she is bigger, smarter and meaner than all of the other kids in the class. Rodney is scared of her, but when he becomes leader of Simon Says one day, Camilla does not understand that Rodney can't sa ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Hooway for Wodney Wat is a great book to help teach about differences. It is the story of Rodney Rat who can’t pronounce his r’s. This means poor Rodney is Wodney Wat the Wodent. He is often teased in school and for this reason is very shy&doesn’t “squeak” up very often. Until one day when a new student came to class, Camilla Capybara. Camilla is big and she is mean. At recess Wodney’s name gets drawn to lead Simon Says. Everyone else in the class is use to Rodney’s speech but not Ca ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Kasey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester is a wonderful read aloud book for children in all elementary grades.
Wodney (Rodney) has a speech impediment and cannot pronounce his r's correctly. All of his classmates constantly make fun of his for it and pick on him. That is until a new, very mean student comes to town and Wodney ends up saving the day. Then all the kids love Wodney and never pick on him again.
This book is great for children of all ages because it teaches them that not everyone is t
Here's the thing: I have heard about this book for quite some time now, and was looking forward to it. I even really enjoyed it until Camilla Capybara shows up. I thought it described in excellent language how it feels to be teased for something you can't seem to control, and how teasing can easily turn into bullying if it goes too far. However, then the capybara shows up and becomes the biggest bully of them all. As an adult, to me it's clear that she's probably insecure and trying to clear a s ...more
Hooray for Wodney Wat is a book about a young rat who has trouble pronouncing his R's. In school, the other children make fun of him. It makes him sad and he usually doesn't speak up in class because of this. However, when the teacher calls on him to lead the game, he finds his difficulties with prononucing he letter R actually ends up making him "The Hero." Though there is no rhyming, the book has an easy flow that makes it a nice read for children to enjoy. There are a lot of illustrations on ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We borrowed this book from our local library as part of a kit with a paperback book and CD. We enjoyed listening to the book narrated by Cheryl McMahon as we followed along with the book. Her narration was quite entertaining, especially with the characters Rodney and Camilla. While I will use character voices and ham it up with our girls, it's fun to listen to the professionals.

This tale tells how Rodney rids the class of a big bully simply through speaking with a lisp. It's somewhat of a stran
Aug 27, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rodney Rat can't pronounce his r's. The other rodents at school make fun of him. He hides in his jacket and doesn't have much confidence. A new rodent Camilla Capybara moves into class who is bigger, meaner and smarter. All of the rodents are scared of her. At recess Rodney is chosen to be the leader in Simon Says. He is scared to death she will make fun of him. Because he can't pronounce his r's what he actually is saying isn't what she thinks he is saying. Camilla does all sorts of funny thing ...more
Courtney Thompson
Wodney Wat is a rat named Rodney. Rodney gets made fun of by his classmates for not being able to pronounce his R's. One day, a new student named Camilla Capybara joins the class. She makes sure everyone knows that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than everyone else. During a game of Simon Says, Wodney tricks her when he says "go west." All of the other students sit down to rest, knowing that Wodney can't pronounce his R's, while Camilla begins walking west and is never seen again. The major t ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing!

About a week ago, I wrote in my blog that we were having some issues being mean in our classroom. Someone recommended that I read this book, so I checked it out! I'd heard of it before but I don't think I ever read it, and I didn't pre-read it before I read it out loud!

Anyway, it is the story of a little rat who can't say his Rs. Hence... Wodney Wat. The other kids make fun of him, but then a new girl comes to school who is a big bully and Wodney's speech issue saves the day
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Ramanda Flannery
This book is about a little rat that can not pronounce his R's and is made fun of everyday at school. A new girl comes into their classroom and she is very big and lets it be known that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than anyone in the class. Rodney is chosen to be the leader in simon says at recess as he starts the game with his first command the new girl does not know that rodney can not pronounce his R's and does something completely different than what he says. The game continues like th ...more
Kristen Fraley
Jan 29, 2017 Kristen Fraley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
Rodney Rat is a small rat who can't pronounce his R's, which he gets teased mercilessly about. This leads to Rodney being very shy and very quiet. Just when things can't get worse, a new student joins Rodney's class. Her name is Camilla Capybara and she claims to be bigger, meaner, and smarter than everyone else in class. She is a bully, and all the kids are scared. Rodney quivers with fear when his name is pulled out of the hat to be Simon in a game of Simon Says. Rodney has a little trick up h ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Ezekiel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I *really* hated this book.

Rodney, who has trouble with his R's is teased mercilessly by his classmates. So much so that he never talks in class and hides all day.

Then an even bigger bully than his classmates shows up who terrorizes everyone. Wodney is considered a hero when (because of the fact that he has trouble with his R's and all his classmates *other* than the new kid know this) he "tricks" the bully into making a fool of herself and leaving the school for good. And then the "happy" endi
Kristy Lange
Howay for Wodney Wat is the story of a little elementary school-aged rat who cannot pronounce his "R"s. All of his schoolmates tease him mercilessly about his speech impediment. Rodney feels all alone at school because of everyone's relentless teasing bullying. However, one day, a new student shows up at school who claims to be bigger, meaner, and smarter than everyone else. Rodney's schoolmates are terrified of this bully until he becomes the unlikely hero and saves the day.
I would love to hav
Wodney Wat (Rodney Rat) can't say his R's. This makes him unpopular and shy, that is, until the bully Camilla Capybara turns up. Camilla doesn't know about Wodney's problem, which set her up for a whole bunch of problems when she and Wodney play Simon Says. The school rejoices when Wodney has Camilla go "west" and she just keeps going.

This is a very cute book. Wodney, the little rat, is easy to empathize with, hiding shyly in his coat and feeling like all of us do at one time or another in our
Aug 20, 2015 Meegan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is really fun to read aloud, but the morals taught behind it aren’t the best. Wodney does become the hero by “defeating” the school bully, but in the end, Camilla doesn’t become good. I believe that in children’s books, there shouldn’t always be a bad guy who is defeated in the end. The “bad guy” needs to change and become good. I expected this of Camilla, but she stays the same. Wodney could have befriended her and changed her ways, except that doesn’t happen. If I had to read this bo ...more
Rodney Rat has a common early-childhood speech problem: his "r's" become "w's" while speaking. Hence he says his name Wodney Wat. Well the other at school tease him mercilessly. But one day, Camilla Capybara shows up and begins to bully everyone. Rodney uses this to his advantage when it's time to play the class's favorite game: Simon Says. When Rodney tells everyone to "wake up the leaves" his classmates grab rakes and begin raking. Camilla, on the other hand, begins to yell ...more
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