Leigh's Wheelie Adventures
By Charlene McIver
Illustrations by Caroline Keys
Published February 2022
Leigh just wants to look brave and strong...
Leigh, Tara, and Cosmo are making costumes for their 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.
"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."
Little Parachutes March 2022
"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."
Reviewed by Angie k, Educator, March 2022 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I wasn't sure about this book because I felt that Leigh's friends were a bit mean to him and that he had good reason to snap at them! They didn't seem very sensitive about his disability but this was probably not intentional on their part. However, apart from this, it's a sweet story with colorful pictures and it all works out in the end."
Reviewed by Lisa S. March 2022 ⭐⭐⭐
An inclusive portrayal of ordinary characters takes an extraordinarily endearing turn...
"The representation of disability in children's literature is sadly very few and far between, so it's quite a pleasant surprise to find our little protagonist seated in a wheelchair. What is truly admirable about the characterization and writing style of this particular story is the way in which such a unique portrayal is still rendered very ordinary, not at all out of place. The author acts more like a medium through which the whole scene is enacted and brought to life. In the end, they not only enjoy getting their costumes ready together but also do so while making Leigh feel self-assured and empowered. Overall, the story is simple and beautiful."
Reviewed by Shrubaboti Bose⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Medieval Mashup is a heartwarming picture book about inclusion, friendship, and confidence. The children in the story are relatable to young readers and will help them develop their own confidence and see what real friendship looks like."
Literary Titan April 2022 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Full of heart, full of fun......An excellent book to start a discussion about disability, inclusion, understanding,
and acceptance." The Prairies Book Review May 2022