Willis Wilbur Series
Willis Wilbur didn’t go out there to find his destiny–his destiny found him. And Willis’s destiny is to be the first nine-year-old life coach specializing in kid problems. Like bullying! And homework! And color coordination! Hire Willis Wilbur today and we promise–he’ll make all of your (and his) dreams come true. (For a small fee.)
With illustrations by Daniel Duncan, the Willis Wilbur series is funny, heartfelt, and overwhelmingly endearing. Perfect fun for elementary age readers. And their parents. And Oprah (Call Wills’s people! He’d love to do lunch).
“Nine-year-old Willis Wilbur’s summer plans are upended when his best friend, Shelley, finds out her family is spending the entire summer in Hawaii. In need of what his mother calls a Plan B for the summer, Willis, who is white, sets his sights on winning a scholarship for entrepreneurs from the Business Owner’s Organization. When his first idea of being a decorator ends in a sprained wrist, he decides to become a life coach. Despite being bullied and having an anxious guinea pig as his first customer, Willis’s determination wins over new clients as his business picks up steam. As Willis befriends Margo, who hurt his feelings in first grade, he begins to realize that he can exist independently from Shelley and thrive while doing so. Leavitt has created an endearing, plucky hero, whose wit and self-confidence will charm and amuse readers. A cast of likable secondary characters rounds out a plot line that embodies children’s imaginations perfectly. VERDICT A perfectly fun addition to summer reading lists for middle grade readers; a recommended purchase.” —Amy McInerney
“This stand-alone story perfectly captures tween self-absorption . . . this is a quick read with great tips for readers about friendship, the pitfalls of jealousy, and developing insight and confidence. Amusing black-and-white spot art enhances the narrative . . . Humorously over-the-top fare that will make a positive impact and inspire readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
*2022 AML Winner*
“With her absolutely delightful voice, Lindsey Leavitt has created a charming character in Willis Wilbur who the reader will root for from beginning to end. While filled with real challenges any nine-year-old will face—such as bullying, disappointments, and tricky friendships—this fantastical story of a burgeoning life coach keeps the reader smiling throughout with upbeat messages, quick pacing, and punchy pro-tips. While children’s literature can at times be heavy—and rightfully so—Willis Wilbur Wows the World is a refreshing light, bright read that manages to tackle real topics with wit, clarity, and just the right bow tie.”—Association for Mormon Letters