Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Owlkids Books Fall 2017 Frontlist

By (author): Dave Whamond
Dave Whamond


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) K - 3, Grade (US) K - 3
Aug 15, 2017
$8.95 CAD


10.25in x 8.25 x 0.13 in | 152 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


Colour illustrations
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Children’s picture books|Picture storybooks: imagination and play|Children’s / Teenage fiction: School stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships
2x2 Reading List, Texas Library Association 2012, Winner Best Bets for Children List, Ontario Library Association 2012, Winner Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice 2013, Short-listed NCS Reuben Awards - Book Illustration 2012, Short-listed Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013, Commended Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award 2014, Winner Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Shining Willow Award (shortlisted) 2013, Winner
Now in paperback! From Blue Spruce Award–winning author-illustrator Dave Whamond comes the story of Oddrey, a young girl who is a little bit different from everybody else.  

Every aspect of Oddrey’s world is a study in playful curiosity. Her adventures and flights of fancy, however, are often a source of some teasing at the hands of her classmates. Her technicolor snow sculpture has the rest of the playground gaping in disbelief. Her drawing of blue apples is met with a stern look from her teacher. But Oddrey, never one to let anything get her down, faces all of these discouragements with optimism and offhanded grace.

So when her class production of The Wizard of Oz is cast and Oddrey is given the rather spiritless role of a tree, she decides to make the best of the situation and vows to be the most unique tree ever. Sadly, her teacher has other ideas, and Oddrey dons an uninspired costume and sways in the back row. But when her classmates start forgetting their lines, knocking down props, and suffering from stage fright, Oddrey steps in to save the show — not by stealing it, but by helping her classmates rise to the occasion, much to their relief and delight. Full of witty, energetic, and vivid illustrations sure to resonate with young readers, Oddrey is an endearing story with a timeless message of how the misfits in our midst can be the ones we most often misjudge.

  • Paperback reissue of best-selling picture book
  • Oddrey is the perfect story to show off Whamond’s signature style — a dizzying and delightful mix of one-panel gags and bold illustrations
  • Young readers are sure to identify with Oddrey’s misfit moments, and also applaud her confidence, optimism, and style

DAVE WHAMOND is the award-winning author of My Think-a-ma-Jink and the Oddrey series, and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called “Reality Check,” which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary.

In a fun riff on the tried-and-true "weird girl finds acceptance" trope, Oddrey's grateful classmates decide not just to tolerate her uniqueness but to let her actions inspire their own creativity. - Katherine Pedersen, Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

There's nothing wrong with being a little bit different, as shelves of children's books on the subject can attest. Fittingly, Dave Whamond's contribution to the genre of not-fitting-in celebrates the unusual in its own colourful and charming way. - The National Post

A quick-paced, comical read. - Lynn Vanca, School Library Journal

A wonderfully vibrant book, with a bubbly, inspiring protagonist. Oddrey will make a valuable addition to a classroom discussion on individualism…and children will enjoy it one on one as well.
- Nicole Rowlinson, Resource Links

Watercolour and ink images are full of eye-catching colour, and the numerous comic touches that Whamond includes fit perfectly with the tone of the text…A comic tale that is full of good fun. - Megan Sorenson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A fast-paced, inspiring tale about a one-of-a-kind girl who overcomes obstacles by believing in herself and helping others believe in herself, too."
- Valorie Cooper, Christian Library Journal

As a former punk rock girl, I like this oddball character, and the illustrations are super cute. - Amy Kraft, Media Macaroni

"It's stage fright night in Dave Whamond's brand-new Oddrey as Oddrey joins other individualistic protagonists... and shows just who has that star quality necessary to step up to the footlights and save the show in the nick of time."
- Books for Kids Blog

of 13

Also Available

Oddrey Joins the Team Dave Whamond 9781771470612 $17.95 CAD Aug 15, 2014
Oddrey and the New Kid Dave Whamond 9781926973906 $17.95 CAD Sep 15, 2013

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.