Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems

Kids Can. Jun. 2022. 144p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781525303289.
Gr 2-4–Third-grader Wednesday Wilson is back with a new entrepreneurial enterprise. After a rocky start to her day—which includes a less-than-appetizing breakfast pizza, uncertainty about her business skills, accidentally damaging her brother’s school project, and losing her lucky marble—Wednesday arrives at school only to be informed of a “toilet emergency” involving her brother, Mister. Wednesday quickly attends to him, learning that he is refusing to leave the bathroom due to his nerves over an impending presentation. Inspiration strikes, and Wednesday devises a strategy to help her brother and launch a new marble business. Galbraith’s text is humorous and heartfelt, exploring realistic challenges and feelings experienced by children in an authentic and affirming way. Chapters range from six to eight pages, feature Goble’s grayscale illustrations, and occasionally include footnotes where business terms used by Wednesday are defined and explained. the protagonist’s moms are an interracial couple—one is Black and the other white—while Wednesday is mixed race and her classmates and friend group diverse. The story’s conclusion promises future adventures.
VERDICT This second outing for Wednesday and company is a welcome addition to any early chapter book collection, recommended for fans of “Stella Diaz,” “Mindy Kim,” and “Zoey & Sassafras.”

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