Reyelts’s engrossing children’s picture book takes readers on a little boy’s playful journey to acceptance and happiness. Even as a little baby, Winston had a problem with wind. And his bursts of flatulence weren’t just frequent: they were enormous, enough to scare people away. Winston’s parents hoped he would get over his intestinal issues with age, but the things remained the same. The real problem began when Winston started school. He was well-liked but his inability to control his wind causes others to make fun of him, and his frequent flatulence gave him the name of Windy Winston. Reyelts’s prose is funny and narrative smooth. Her expert sense of comic timing is on full display here: “Winston’s parents explained it wasn’t polite to let wind and begged him to try to stop his wayward windy pops. Winston tried but the fantastic fluffer doodles were just too powerful!” Sarah Gledhil’s vibrant illustrations skillfully convey the little protagonist’ varying emotions, including embarrassment, shame, sadness, happiness, and hope. Plentiful puns and relevant concept will no doubt win over the target audience, but even more important is the portrait the book offers: how embracing your shortcomings and learning to work around them is the real key to success. An entertaining work that’s sure to deliver big laughs.
Categories: children's fiction