Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763600068, 40pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 1999
WESLANDIA honors the misfits—and the creators—among us.
School is over and Wesley needs a summer project. Having learned that every civilization has a staple food crop, he decides to plant a garden and start his own—civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth in his yard, and plants begin to grow. Soon they tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he discovers that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn't long before neighbors and classmates have developed more than an idle curiostiry about Wesley and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation. Enter the witty, intriguing world of WESLANDIA.
Kevin Hawkes has illustrated more than forty books for children, included the "New York Times" bestseller "The Library Lion", "Weslandia", Michael Ian Black s "A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea", and "Santa in Cincinatti". He lives in Southern Maine, where he can be found wandering aimlessly in his garden, unless forced indoors, where he creates imaginary landscapes with cobalt blue skies.