The Wainscott Weasel
Illustrated by Fred Marcellino | Published by HarperCollins

Fish, foxes, farmers, and frogs, seagulls, sparrows, and swans, turtles and terns—the ponds and fields and woods of Wainscott are home to all sorts of creatures. But the most remarkable citizens of this seaside community are the weasels: Zeke Whitebelly and his boisterous brothers; Wendy Blackish, who’s come to summer with her aunt and uncle; Bagley Brown Jr., the lonely son of a famous father. While the other young weasels dance under the pines, Bagley thinks about Bridget, the mesmerizing fish who lives in a pond down the brook from his den. Only a true hero can save Bridget from the gruesome death that awaits her—and that is exactly what Bagley, much to his own surprise, proves himself to be.

  • "It’s just possible that not since a spider named Charlotte saved a pig named Wilbur has there been a more tender tale of interspecies love and devotion. Tor Seidler infuses his text with warmth, subtlety, and humor."
    - The New York Times Book Review
  • "With a pleasing balance between comedy and drama, the book continues the cozy tradition of E.B. White’s animal tales, with a romantic allure all its own."
    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • "A dry wit inspires Seidler’s characterizations, which are original and at the same time respectful of animal nature."
    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "Seidler’s animal society is wonderfully amusing and consistent, with entertaining uneasy relationships between predators and their possible prey, poking fun at human foibles in witty dialogue that’s well grounded in animal nature."
    - Kirkus (pointer)
  • "Surely one of the finest novels of the year, Seidler’s fresh, inventive fantasy of a weasel-in-love, and his deeds of derring-do, will delight all readers. This is not to be missed."
    - The Seattle Times
  • "Written with grace and great good humor, The Wainscott Weasel is a rollicking adventure, a comedy, a love story, and most assuredly a book that will live on in children’s memories."
    - The Five Owls
  • "This well-realized fantasy has everything a reader could want: adventure, humor, and style."
    - ALA Booklist
  • "Not since Stuart Little or Charlotte’s Web has such a grand animal adventure appeared."
    - The Oregonian