Odd, Weird & Little

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Readers will find this charming, funny, easy-to-read middle-grade novel from the beloved Patrick Jennings an absolute hoot!

When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates—Toulouse is really weird. He’s short—kindergarten short—dresses in a suit like a grandpa, has huge eyes, and barely says a word. But Woodrow isn’t exactly Mr. Popularity. The frequent target of the class bully himself, he figures that maybe all Toulouse needs is a chance. And when the two are put together in gym to play volleyball, they make quite the team. Toulouse can serve, set, and spike like a pro. He really knows how to fly around the court. But when the attention and teasing switch back to Woodrow, he learns that the new kid is great at something else: being a friend.

Full of heart and laughs, Odd, Weird, and Little is another winner from the author of the Guinea Dog series.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV019000, JUV039230, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 164215
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Patrick Jennings

Patrick Jennings's books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman's National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the Washington State Book Award of 2011. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His newest book, Hissy Fitz, was published in January 2015. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.


  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Nominee, Nominated, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2015
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2014
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2014
  • Kansas Reading Circle Catalog, Winner, 2014


Kirkus Reviews

“Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews