Mr. Wellington (Hardcover)

By David Rabe, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596433281, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2009



An acclaimed playwright's first work for children...A gentle and thoroughly original animal story

Young Jonathan finds a small, frightened squirrel on the road and brings it home tucked inside his sneaker. But the squirrel named Mr. Wellington is weak and listless, and fearful of the unfamiliar surroundings. Told from alternating perspectives--Jonathan's and Mr. Wellington's--this beautifully written story, enhanced with pen-and-ink wash illustrations, has all the markings of an enduring classic animal tale.

About the Author

DAVID RABE is a Tony-Award winning playwright and screenwriter. He lives in Lakeville, Connecticut. ROBERT ANDREW PARKER is a fine artist, printmaker, and award-winning illustrator. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

Praise For Mr. Wellington

“Some well-embedded information about wildlife rehabilitation, Jonathan's very real emotions, short chapters, and frequent illustrations make this an appealing choice for reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

“The tale is an object lesson presented with all the correct answers in an engaging narrative.” —Kirkus Reviews