cover image Felix Stands Tall

Felix Stands Tall

Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6111-3

Fearless, determined, and blunt, Fiona has decided that Felix will be her new best friend. That’s good, because Fiona’s gumption is a tonic for cautious, mild-mannered Felix—in fact, she pushes him to enter a talent show with her as a song-and-dance team, and they win first prize. But there’s a downside: Felix suddenly has a higher profile at school, and he becomes the target of bullies who taunt him with cries of “Here comes Twinkletoes,” tie his gym shoes together, and even put “a chirping plastic cricket” in his egg-salad sandwich. “Felix, you’re a hot mess,” Fiona tells him, hilariously if not entirely helpfully. But thanks to a little mentoring from Fiona (which includes the use of one of her invisible “Magic Protection Suits”), Felix learns to stand tall and gains the confidence to put his relationship with Fiona on more equal footing. With a cast of guinea pigs who correspond to instantly recognizable human types, this series opener from Max and Ruby creator Wells humorously captures the fluidity of social dynamics—and proves that it’s possible to captain one’s own destiny. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)