“Poor Wodney.

Wodney Wat.

His real name was Rodney Rat, but he couldn’t pronounce his r’s.

To make matters worse, he was a rodent. A wodent.”

Wodney gets teased and bullied at school for his ‘r’ pronunciation. He is embarrassed about speaking, and to make matters worse, a girl named Camilla comes to school and teases him about it worse than anyone yet. Wodney is sad and miserable at school and home. At the end of the story, Wodney ends up becoming a hero among his classmates – and all because of his inability to pronounce his r’s. Hooway for Wodney Wat teaches empathy and perspective-taking, offering a narrative about a young character rising from “bullied” to “hero” with a dose of humor mixed in.

Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Published 1999, Scholastic