Wilfred by Ryan Higgins
Published: 2013 by Dial
Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:
I was intrigued by this book at first sight. I didn’t know who, or rather, what Wilfred was! And I couldn’t wait to find out.
The end covers are hysterically funny. I especially love the portrait of Wilfred screaming and running away from a tiny white bunny rabbit.
Wilfred lives in a far away place. From the start I really liked that aspect because it leaves readers to believe that this story can happen anywhere, even right in our very own backyard.
Readers find out quickly that Wilfred is a giant.
This giant wasn’t only large he was also hairy.
The ironic thing about that is that he lived in a town where only bald people lived.
Men, women, and children … all completely hairless. Wilfred stuck out among them for very obvious reasons.
Most of the bald townspeople who glimpsed Wilfred, ran, scared of the friendly giant. All except for one brave, bald boy.
Wilfred is a good listener. And an even better friend.
Wilfred does everything and anything the boy asks him to do. He sits, stands on one foot, plays golf in a fancy golf get-up, played ukulele, did the bald boys homework (even though 3 + 4 does not equal FISH), and Wilfred reenacted the Battle of Waterloo – rocking horse and everything!
The two have so much fun that they decide to play together every single day.
I love how this book shows that the little boy can see beyond Wilfred’s exterior, and inside to the kind of friend he really is.
The bald townspeople have a sinister idea. Since they’re bald and he has enough hair to go around, they decide that it’s in their best interest to give him a haircut.
They use his hair to make wigs for themselves.
They don’t think how Wilfred will feel once all his hair is gone.
How does Wilfred feel? Cold. So cold that he can’t bear to leave his cave, even though he really wants to play with his friend.
I love the picture posted on the wall of Wilfred’s cave – it’s of him and his friend with a heart between them.
This book really shows the power of friendship, and how if you only have one friend in the world – one true friend – that you’re rich!
Worried and upset since Wilfred didn’t show up, the little bald boy decides to go out look for him. What he finds, isn’t Wilfred, but a bunch of townspeople wearing Wilfred’s fur as hair.
The little boy decides to make Wilfred a warm pair of mittens. But he gets lost in the blizzard trying to find his new friend.
When the little boy doesn’t come back to the bald village, the townspeople decide to go look for him. What they find is the boy, safe and warm from the treacherous weather, in Wilfred’s arms.
Upon seeing this sight, the townspeople decide to give Wilfred’s hair back.
They sew it together and make a jumpsuit for their new friend and hero Wilfred.
And that’s how Wilfred, the hairy giant, ended up with a zipper. And a best friend.
I loved how sweet and charming this book was.
Children will love this book! Adults will too.
This book shows that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And that we shouldn’t judge someone by what someone looks like on the outside. We should judge someone by what’s on the inside.
Wilfred loves to smile. Reading the book will make readers smile too.
The illustrations are spectacular! They really bring make the already great writing, pop!
There’s so much to love about this book! So much!