What I Loved:
Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake shows children how important friends are. I loved that Willie wanted to make his friend’s birthday so special. It created a nice story for a child.
How I Felt:
The main character, Willie, has such a big heart. I like how he can be a role model for a child. He is caring, kind, and determined. When he realizes he can’t do something all by himself, he isn’t afraid to ask for help. I think children will connect with him and enjoy his personality.
The diversity throughout the other characters is wonderful to see in a children’s book. I find this happening more and more with new releases of children’s books, and I love that kids are finally getting a real view of what their social circles, and families, look like in books.
The story begins with Willie planning a surprise birthday party for one of his friends. He wants to make a cake for her but finds that he doesn’t really know what to do. He enlists the help of some friends to make the perfect cake. The party is a success and his friend is both surprised, and appreciative.
The writing is well done. I liked that the sentences rhymed, but I wasn’t expecting them to, and it took me a few pages to fall into a good rhythm while reading the book. Once I did, everything flowed well, and I believe that on future reads, I wouldn’t have any issues with the cadence.
The illustrations were good. I enjoyed the bright colors used throughout the book. I did struggle a little with the bodies of the characters. The location of arms was sometimes just odd, and the body didn’t look complete. Other than that, the illustrations were enjoyable and fit the story well.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake for any child. With a good lesson about friendship and kindness, it’s perfect for pre-k through middle elementary.
Where to Find This Book:
Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake by Richard Quisenberry is available at these sites.
Wobbly Willie’s Little Reminder:
What makes me special, you may not see:
my brain; my heart; the good in me.
All covered by a layer of skin, embracing diversity is where change begins.
Join Wobbly as he embarks on a journey that not only teaches us how to embrace our uniqueness but he reminds us of how to be kind to ourselves. When we address these reminders head-on, the power of a being kind brings us together. Wobbly Willie’s differences help identify and bring awareness to what it truly means to be kind to one another. This book will help redirect the behavior and mindset of children who are having difficulty understanding the value of Kindness, which results in a community that now is aware of the valuable life skills necessary in order to make a positive impact for generations to come.
- Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake by Richard Quisenberry
- Series: Wobbly Willie
- Genre: Children’s
Richard Quisenberry’s legacy is to make communities stronger. To do that, he informs them, equips them, and empowers them — in part as a transformation life coach, serial-entrepreneur, author, father, husband, best friend, child of God, lifetime learner but also as a modern brand acting as a force for the greater good. And in doing so, he is fostering deep and vital connections between the members of our communities and the world around them.
Focus and design your visions, dreams, and legacy to outlive you.
Richard Quisenbury (Coach Quis) has achieved and is still in pursuit of every dream he has set his mind to, including graduating from college, becoming a principal, driving across the country, learning many hobbies, traveling out of the country, falling deeply in love, creating a beautiful family, and identifying his life purpose, to name but a few.
With over 40 years of experience in the educational industry, Coach Quis is just as passionate today, as he was on his first day, about developing tomorrow’s personal and professional leaders. As said by
Coach Quis, “If you want a different result, you must be willing to first take a different action. With the near epidemic proportions of unhappy employees, the need for personal and professional integration has never been more imminent.”
Note that he didn’t say work/life balance; he believes such a thing is both impossible and undesirable for we spend a disproportionate amount of our time working. Instead, the goal is to integrate all aspects of life so we thrive at our careers & our personal lives equally as well, where we aren’t leaving a part of us behind as we spend our days at work wishing we were somewhere else… anywhere else; or trying to be home with our children while distracted by the things not getting done at work. Instead of balance, it’s the power of presence we seek.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.