HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Wisenheimer Wednesday: Strange Kid Chronicles, Book 3
Authors and Illustrators: Doug TenNapel and Mike Koelsch
Publisher: Apple, 1998
ISBN-13: 978-0613866682 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0613866681 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0590059565 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0590059564 (Paperback)
Related website: http://tennapel.tumblr.com (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 7 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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TenNapel, Doug, and Koelsch, Mike. Wisenheimer Wednesday: Strange Kid Chronicles, Book 3 (published in 1998 by Apple). This is Book 3 of the Strange Kid Chronicles by “Doug and Mike.” In Book 1, Mighty Monday Madness, we are introduced to Mrs. Frightenright’s class of kids, with Weird Ellis and his Weird Eye that fends off ghosts; Spider-Speaking Spencer who talks to spiders; Gina Burrito who turns herself into a burrito; and Skeleton Joe who’s got a bone to pick with the school bully. These and many more strange classmates use their special “qualities” every day of the week to keep things as weird as possible. In Book 2, Tuna Fish Tuesday, it’s Tuesday, and readers will freak out over what happens in Mrs. Frightenright’s class with giant ants, a kid who is constantly picking his nose, and Clockboy the mechanical mystery.
In Wisenheimer Wednesday, which our older son Mark checked out of the library in fourth grade for a reading program, the question of how different are the kids in Mrs. Frightenright’s class is examined. There’s the kid who is half boy, half-fish, and a really, really hairy kid! How different do you think you are? The next book in the series is Just Thursday, when once again, Mrs. Frightenright’s class is having some strange problems. The nasty principal Prickly-Pear is up to something, and you can bet that this something is not a good thing. Read on and behold the mysteries that Thursday contains for Mrs. Frightenright’s class. And finally, in Fateful Friday, it seems as if all week long crazy stuff has been happening in Mrs. Frightenright’s kooky class. Mrs. Frightenright and her strange kids have gone through so much trouble and today is no exception. Let’s just hope they all make it to the weekend.
Author Doug TenNapel always wanted to be an animator and told stories through movies, video games, and television cartoons before turning to the art form of making books. He writes, “Once you know that I’m a convinced Christian, married 20 years to the most amazing woman I’ve ever met and trying to be a good father to four kids that are every bit as miraculously unique as you are, there isn’t much more to learn about me.” One thing that we noticed about the Strange Kid Chronicles is that they do not contain some of the more objectionable elements that many of the other “weird” book series, such as Goosebumps and Eek!, have. TenNapel is also the author and illustrator of several graphic novels such as Earthworm Jim, Tommysaurus Rex, Creature Tech, and Flink.