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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance


by (author) Dave Whamond

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Imagination & Play, Friendship
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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From Blue Spruce Award–winning author-illustrator Dave Whamond comes the story of Oddrey, a young girl who is a little bit different from everybody else. Every aspect of Oddrey’s world is a study in playful curiosity. Her adventures and flights of fancy, however, are often a source of some teasing at the hands of her classmates. Her technicolor snow sculpture has the rest of the playground gaping in disbelief. Her drawing of blue apples is met with a stern look from her teacher. But Oddrey, never one to let anything get her down, faces all of these discouragements with optimism and offhanded grace.  So when her class production of The Wizard of Oz is cast and Oddrey is given the rather spiritless role of a tree, she decides to make the best of the situation and vows to be the most unique tree ever. Sadly, her teacher has other ideas, and Oddrey dons an uninspired costume and sways in the back row. But when her classmates start forgetting their lines, knocking down props, and suffering from stage fright, Oddrey steps in to save the show — not by stealing it, but by helping her classmates rise to the occasion, much to their relief and delight. Full of witty, energetic, and vivid illustrations sure to resonate with young readers, Oddrey is an endearing story with a timeless message of how the misfits in our midst can be the ones we most often misjudge.

About the author

DAVE WHAMOND a illustré la série Margot et My Think-a-ma-Jink, tous deux gagnants du prix Blue Spruce. Il a également signé les illustrations des livres de Robert Munsch Quelle tête!, C’est petit ici! et Je raffole de l’école!, et est l'auteur d'une bande dessinée intitulée Reality Check, qui paraît quotidiennement dans un certain nombre de journaux nord-américains. Dave habite à Calgary, en Alberta.


DAVE WHAMOND is the creator of Oddrey and My Think-a-ma-Jink, both winners of the Blue Spruce Award. He illustrated the Robert Munsch books Braids!, Think Big! and School Rules! He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Dave Whamond's profile page


  • Winner, Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award
  • Unknown, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Shining Willow Award (shortlisted)
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, NCS Reuben Awards - Book Illustration
  • Winner, Best Bets for Children List, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, 2x2 Reading List, Texas Library Association

Editorial Reviews

"A fast-paced, inspiring tale about a one-of-a-kind girl who overcomes obstacles by believing in herself and helping others believe in herself, too."

Christian Library Journal

There's nothing wrong with being a little bit different, as shelves of children's books on the subject can attest. Fittingly, Dave Whamond's contribution to the genre of not-fitting-in celebrates the unusual in its own colourful and charming way.

The National Post

In a fun riff on the tried-and-true "weird girl finds acceptance" trope, Oddrey's grateful classmates decide not just to tolerate her uniqueness but to let her actions inspire their own creativity.


Watercolour and ink images are full of eye-catching colour, and the numerous comic touches that Whamond includes fit perfectly with the tone of the text…A comic tale that is full of good fun.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"It's stage fright night in Dave Whamond's brand-new Oddrey as Oddrey joins other individualistic protagonists... and shows just who has that star quality necessary to step up to the footlights and save the show in the nick of time."

Books for Kids Blog

As a former punk rock girl, I like this oddball character, and the illustrations are super cute.

Media Macaroni

A wonderfully vibrant book, with a bubbly, inspiring protagonist. Oddrey will make a valuable addition to a classroom discussion on individualism…and children will enjoy it one on one as well.

Resource Links

A quick-paced, comical read.

School Library Journal

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