Medieval Mashup

Leigh's Wheelie Adventures, Book Two

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Pub Date 24 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 02 Apr 2022

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From the author of Moonbeams 2021 Bronze Award Winner, "The Mysterious Pool" and Little Parachutes Gold Star Award 2020, "Squishy Sand" Book 1 in Leigh's Wheelie Adventures series comes the much anticipated next release, Book 2 Medieval Mashup.

While children living with a disability may recognize some of their own experiences, challenges, and feelings in this story, ‘Medieval Mashup’ is a great choice for any child. It encourages everyone to support and work in harmony with their friends, and to find the strength to be proud of their own unique identity.

Based on the true story of Leigh, the author's late son who was born with a physical disability, the series focuses on the challenges children with different needs face on a daily basis.

Leigh just wants to look brave and strong...

Leigh, Tara, and Cosmo are making costumes for a school Medieval Fair. But Leigh is afraid of looking silly and keeps snapping at his friends.
Will Leigh overcome his fear of not looking cool and make up with his friends?

A beautifully illustrated story of courage, friendship and fun.

From the author of Moonbeams 2021 Bronze Award Winner, "The Mysterious Pool" and Little Parachutes Gold Star Award 2020, "Squishy Sand" Book 1 in Leigh's Wheelie Adventures series comes the much...

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Medieval Mashup is a picture book about three friends raiding a garage to find items to make costumes for a medieval dressup day. Leigh, a boy in a wheelchair, has some normal kid anxieties about not wanting to look silly matched with some anxieties about navigating in his wheelchair in particular costumes. His friends give lots of a ideas that involve hiding him and the wheelchair, including a large box and a giant bucket. Leigh becomes frustrated (imagine if your friends kept giving you ridiculous costume advice that involves not being able to move or see) and he takes a little break. When he comes back he and his friends find the perfect materials to make a great costume. I like this book because it is a story about a child in a wheelchair that is not about being in a wheelchair yet it still demonstrates some of the day to day challenges people with disabilities face. His friends do not treat him any differently (despite maybe making some not very nice costume suggestions that would actually be hiding the wheelchair) and show him participating in an activity with other kids his age. I think it is so important for children to see a variety of characters in stories demonstrating their diverse interactions with our world and communities without being focused on their diversity. Yes, the wheelchair is a part of this story, as it is for anyone who needs a wheelchair, but this is not a story about wheelchairs and people in wheelchairs, it is a story about how some kids have anxiety about dressing up and this is only magnified when you add the challenge of being disabled and attempting to navigate an able-body designed world, which is unfortunately a fact of life for many people with disabilities.

As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library. I would recommend this book for parents and teachers of children in the 4-9 age range, especially those looking to diversify their book collections. I so appreciate Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this great book!

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