Do you know any young children who seem to wear their heart on their sleeve? The kind of child that is easily moved to tears? Then you need to read this book with them. The Nocturnals find Walter the Wombat under a weeping willow looking positively woebegone. (Try saying that three times fast.) But once Walter explains his problem to them, the friends assure him that weeping is just another way to show your feelings.
Readers who are already familiar with the characters will not be surprised that Dawn is the one who firmly leads the discussion, that Tobin holds Walter's hand in support, or that Bismark finds himself wailing when he thinks of something sad. If you haven't tried any of the Nocturnals readers, then you are in for a fun introduction to the group. And youngsters will have fun with all the "w" words that are sprinkled through the story - weepy, walloping, wonderful, whistle - just to name a few.
There are also facts about each of the animals in the back matter, along with free printables to download and enjoy. Wouldn't it be fun to make masks and act out the story? The book went on sale today, so add it to your growing collection of Nocturnals titles.
I read a review copy provided by the publisher through edelweiss.
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