By: Salvo Lavis & James Munn Illustrated by: Dave Leonard Publisher: Spitball Studio Publication Date: June 15, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-9977982-2-7 Reviewed by: Amy Lignor Review Date: May 16, 2018
It’s very possible that some readers out there don’t know how entertaining a weasel can be. But if you and your kids read Once Upon a Weasel together, which was the first book in the World of the Weasel series, you already understand that this is one creature you can definitely have fun with.
Here, in adventure number two, the young boy and his best friend – his pet Weasel – are enjoying their time together. The only hard part is Mom and Dad just don’t seem to understand the creature. They believe Weasel is just a wild animal, and they have certain rules their son must follow in order to keep him. After all, weasels can’t be trained like…say, a dog or a cat, so the boy must make sure that when he’s at school Weasel is in the bedroom locked in a cage, and the boy cannot play with Weasel until he’s done with his homework.
And speaking of homework… At school, the boy’s class must write a paper for the teacher about something they learned in a book. Although the boy is confused at first, not knowing what to write about, an idea “hits him.” He will learn how to train Weasel and write about it. That will take care of his two biggest problems at the same time. Mom and Dad will see that Weasel is an appropriate pet that can be trained to sit, obey, etc., and the boy will have a great paper. But when he heads to the library and finds there is no book focused on weasel training, the boy is crushed.
Until…he comes across a school where, if he gives the instructor money, he can learn to train his pet and then graduate with a diploma to make Mom and Dad proud. But when it comes to training, Weasel definitely has a mind of his own. So will Weasel end up back in the wild? Will the boy find anything to write about for his homework assignment? You must read to find out all about friendship, determination, and the ability to make things right when you put your mind to it.
Kids will love this series. Weasel is fun, wild, and inspirational all at the same time. The illustrations are hysterical, with Weasel showing he has the ability to do everything from downhill skiing to rock climbing. The team of authors and illustrator have done a fantastic job putting this creation together, and for those who want to have even more fun, they can visit WorldOfTheWeasel.com.
Quill Says: This definitely represents the excitement that only books can provide to a young imagination, and is a series that should end up on your child’s bookshelf!