Free Fridays: Weasels by Elys Dolan

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Free Fridays: Weasels by Elys Dolan

IMG_1458“Weasels, what do you think they do all day?” Probably, sleep, eat, and frolic in the leaves, right? Wrong! Elys Dolan reveals the truth about these furry critters in her book, Weasels, which was released in February of 2014.  Whether you know a lot about weasels or nothing at all, you’re sure to be shocked by these weasels’ thirst for world domination.

The weasels’ plot to take over the world is going along swimmingly until the machine that is the key to their global takeover breaks down.  Not giving up on their dream of ruling the world, they do everything they can to fix the machine. Zany chaos ensues as one weasel insists all they need is drill, while another swears by the turn-it-off-and-back-on method.  The only thing they can seem to agree on is that they need another cup of coffee, WHERE’S THE INTERN WHEN YOU NEED HIM!? Eventually the problem is solved and the countdown continues: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… 

With Weasel’s elaborate two page spreads, young readers will love looking at everything going on in the cartoonish illustrations. Dolan gives each weasel their own personality by adding certain outfits and props.  For example, the

IMG_1461weasel’s ring leader sports a monocle and carries around a pet mouse, while the lowly intern wears a scarf and is forever delivering coffee to other workers. However, my favorite character is the IT weasel who prides himself on being a level 72 bager in World of Woodcraft.  In addition to the story’s text there’s a ton of dialogue within the illustrations, that create dozens of little subplots so readers can make the story what they want it to be by picking and choosing what dialogue they read.
Although this book is recommended for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade I think a lot of the content is geared towards older kids.  While the text is not difficult to read, the story itself requires a good bit of reading between the lines, which may be more difficult for the lower end of that age range.  Also some of the funny references, like the weasel that ordered a “frothuccino,” might be over their heads.  That being said, this book could be used in the classroom to teach kids about reading between the lines, making inferences, and using illustrations to enhance the story.

Overall I give this book two thumbs up.  Dolan’s unique style certainly grabs the reader’s attention and holds it. Both kids and adults will be tickled by her witty humor from beginning to end. Grab a friend and join these loveable, caffeine addicted weasels, on their quest for WORLD DOMINATION in Weasels by Elys Dolan.

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-Michaela Royer

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