Wade’s Wiggly Antlers – written by Louise Bradford and illustrated by Christine Battuz

 Wade’s Wiggly Antlers – written by Louise Bradford and illustrated by Christine Battuz, Kids Can Press, 9781771386159, 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? Wade is a concerned little guy who, instead of wiggly teeth, has wiggly antlers! He uses them for all sorts of things, from sporting equipment to hanging racks.  Mom explains that this is a part of growing up and that he will get newer, bigger antlers- but Wade likes his antlers just fine.  So he decides that he’s just not going to do anything that will put the antlers in jeopardy.  But this is very boring for him! He makes up his mind and decides that he is just going to do what he wants, even if does lose them.  He goes sledding and has so much fun with his friends that he doesn’t even notice when they fall off! Mom puts them in a box and sure enough, the next summer the antlers start to grow back and they are bigger and better than ever!

The illustrations are very cute- my favorite picture is when Wade is sledding and one of the antlers is hanging down, kind of like when a child’s tooth is just hanging on by a thread and looks all weird and funky!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing I didn’t like.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great book for kids who are growing up and are going through the first changes in life- the change of losing teeth!  Some read-a-likes are “Loose Tooth” by Lola M. Schaefer and “Arthur’s Loose Tooth” by Lillian Hoban.

Who should buy this book? Children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it? juvenile picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes- it’s awfully cute

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of Review: May 16, 2017

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