Wendel’s Workshop

By | March 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm | 87 comments | Uncategorized

Sneak a peek into the creative, cluttered, and crafty workshop of little Wendel the mouse in Wendel’s Workshop by Chris Riddell.

Wendel is an eccentric little rodent who is an inventor by trade. Any inventions of his that “aren’t quite up to spec” are simply tossed outside into a gigantic trash heap. After a while, Wendel’s workshop began to pile up junk, as well.

So what does Wendel do? Invent a cleaning robot, of course! Using scrap parts lying around, he creates Clunk the robot. Clunk’s job is to tidy up Wendel’s workspace….but Clunk doesn’t exactly know what cleaning up really looks like.

So Wendel goes to work on a second robot: Tidy. Tidy cleans….oh, yes, but gets a little carried away. What happens when Wendel soon finds himself bound for the scrap heap? You’ll have to read to find out!


The pages are large and drawings are detailed. Any little inventor (and robot enthusiast) will find this book a joy to read and examine. Our son now counts Wendel’s Workshop as one of his all-time favorite books!

You can find Wendel’s Workshop wherever your favorite children’s books are sold, or order it directly from HarperCollins for $16.99.

Win it! Thanks to HarperCollins, one of you will win your own copy of Wendel’s Workshop by Chris Riddell!

Here’s how to enter:

1) MANDATORY: Leave me a comment below telling me another HarperCollins Children’s book you think your kids would love.
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I’ll close this contest next Sunday, March 14th, 2010, at 11pm EST. Sorry; US entries only. Good luck!


Congratulations to commenter #34, Jamaise, the winner of this fun book!

FTC info — Disclaimer: I received this product for free for review purposes; however, my review was honest and my opinions are my own. I only received the product itself; I received no other monetary compensation for this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”