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Extended Audio Sample Hooway for Wodney Wat (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Helen Lester
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Lester Narrator: Cheryl McMahon Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Poor Rodney Rat can't pronounce his R's and the other rodents tease him mercilessly. But 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. It seems she really is bigger, meaner, and smarter than all of the rest of them - until our unwitting hero, Wodney Wat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says.

Follow along with Wodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day - R's or no R's. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael Hughes | 2/19/2014

    " Great story for young ones regarding bullying. Excellent message. The language was little confusing for my 3 & 4 year old the first couple of times we read it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Nolet | 2/14/2014

    " I remember having this book read to me when I was in fourth grade by the school librarian. Rereading it now I am able to see a lot more than I did back then. I still thought the storyline was engaging, but I also felt that it went very quickly. It did not really go into enough depth to be connected to the characters. You are first introduced to Rodney/Wodney and are given a short description of who he is, and then 5 pages and only a few paragraphs in, the "enemy" is introduced. I felt like there was not enough of a background given in the beginning to emotionally sympathize with the character because he saves the day so fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Whitley | 2/9/2014

    " I love Helen Lester! My students always love this story about shy "Wodney" who can't pronounce his "r's". Excellent book about overcoming challenges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbi Kraus | 2/8/2014

    " I like this book because it highlights speech impediments and makes them special and unique to each person. This would be good in an older classroom as an introduction to bullying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/1/2014

    " 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 kids...er...rodents 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 at the leaves to "wake up!" She doesn't understand why everyone is laughing at her. And when Rodney says "Wodney says go west" the class falls into a huge heap to rest, but Camilla, thinking herself smarter than everyone, heads west...never to be seen again! Rodney's classmates no longer laugh at him. He is the class hero! Hooway for Wodney Wat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/17/2014

    " This book is about a mouse that gets teased by the kids at school for his speech delay until it unwittingly (at first) brings about the demise of the new school bully. Teasing and bullying are not usually themes that we relish around here but the clever double meaning of his Simon Says (Wodney Says) instructions and the cute pictures of rodents won Bea over. She insisted on a second reading the moment the last page was turned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/14/2014

    " Everyone has something special about them and everyone can be a hero. Very sweet, clever story about a rat named Rodney with a speech impediment, which makes him shy but once saves the day. The author's other works are also quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/11/2014

    " This is such a good book! We love that the little guy gets the last word & how he triumphs over the bully without being a bully himself. So many good feelings wash over me just remembering how much my children enjoyed this book. Truly a great read for all kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Binkerd | 12/28/2013

    " We all know that children have cute quirks when it comes to speech development, but sometimes a child has difficulty growing out of a quirk. In this book Wodney Wat, although meek and mild, steps up to the plate to save the day for his class before a bully get the best of everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 12/7/2013

    " Such a great book to help students deal with teasing - from either side. Students learn to accept classmates with speech difficulties and to help those with difficulties deal with negative comments. Love this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Sommer | 12/3/2013

    " This book was about a rodent who couldn't pronounce his r's. All of his friends bullied him. I thought this book was a good read because you can use it to teach your students about character building. Also, the author used good illiterations with the characters names. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Perez | 8/3/2013

    " One of my all time favorite picture books! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/12/2013

    " Clever. I love seeing this timid little rat with a speech delay (who can't even pronounce his own name correctly) become more bold and confident - empowered as he plays a game and stands up to the bully Camilla Capybara. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/20/2013

    " Anyone who has or had a speach impediment with the letter "R" -- this is your book. This brought to many memories back for me, except that I never had a fat Capybara bully me (I've seen one bully another though). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marah | 3/8/2013

    " I liked the idea of this book because it addressed bullies and the different ways to have confidence within ourselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Fortson | 1/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. This would be a good book to read when talking about bullies. Bullying is something every kid has to worry about and it's a teacher's job to protect students. This is a really good character building story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 8/29/2012

    " Best for children in preschool to grade three. This book is SO cute and SO funny! Absolutely loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/28/2012

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read to my children. Thanks Jayne for recommending it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaney Bella | 6/11/2012

    " Very Cute. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael D. | 3/22/2012

    " This book can be used by educators as a deterrant against bullying. The book can also be used by an educator to teach empathy, kindness, friendships, and the beauty of unity and tolerance. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 10/5/2011

    " Love author and illustrator. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie Horcher | 9/22/2011

    " This is a story about a rat who can't pronounce his "r's" but it comes in handy when he helps his class defeat a bully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Schum | 5/16/2011

    " This book is about a rat that gets made fun of for his grammar. He keeps being nice to everyone, even the new mean girl. In the end he becomes the hero when he scares the new mean girl and everyone makes fun of her. I would use this book to teach that even the smallest of us can be a hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammy | 4/25/2011

    " This is a super cute picture book about a rat with a speech impediment. It is funny and adorable! I would definitely recommend for young children, especially for those struggling with a speaking problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/20/2011

    " I loved this story and how Wodney overcame his struggles and conquered the bully who made fun of his disability. This books shows kids that you should stand up to a bully and not back down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/12/2011

    " I love this book. a great book for a read aloud. Take caution and read first some tricky language. this story is a great book to stress the importance of how others feel when they are being bullied or misunderstood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/31/2011

    " This way too funny, I couldn't stop laughing as I read on and on. This would be a great book about self- esteem and finding ones own voice. Very appropriate book for children when they begin to tease each other. Through we are all different, we are all useful (with purpose) in our own special way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 3/29/2011

    " Best for children in preschool to grade three. This book is SO cute and SO funny! Absolutely loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 3/28/2011

    " This is an adorable story. It shows that bullying is not what you should do. Children will learn a lot from this book. It's not nice to make fun of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/27/2011

    " I love this children's book. If you want a good laugh, this is it. My kids love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachell | 2/15/2011

    " Greatest kids books. ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/7/2011

    " A wonderful story for those of us who root for the underdog. The first few times I read it to Karlee, she just shrieked with laughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seher | 11/22/2010

    " Rodney rat is always getting made fun of because he turns his r's into w's. He is very shy and hates to talk because of it. But, Rodney rat becomes a hero when he chases off the school bully. This book is about embracing diversity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Relyn | 10/23/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mauri | 10/14/2010

    " Another great kids book. Love it even more because of the way Chase talks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 10/13/2010

    " Can't believe I haven't added this excellent book yet! About school and friends and popularity and being marked as different because of something you can't help (clearly a speech impediment is the culprit here!). I laugh so hard in this book I cry! Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/19/2010

    " Rodney the rat, can't say his r's and is teased by his peers. Readers will delight as shy Rodney wins respect among his classmates for successfully challenging the class bully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Stortz | 9/2/2010

    " We read this fun and lively book as a springboard to discuss bullying. Many students also picked up on the theme that we are all special in our own way. It's a good read. "

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About the Author

Helen Lester is a children's book author from Evanston, Illinois. She is perhaps best known for her beloved character Tacky the Penguin who appears in many of her stories. Since her career began in 1979 she has published more than two dozen books, largely in collaboration with illustrator Lynn Munsinger. In addition to writing, Helen likes to travel the country visiting schools and encouraging children to write.