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
"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 Leigh's friends were a bit mean to him and 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
"I give Medieval Mashup 4 out of 4 stars. It is a real little gem that can be an ideal gift for all children who feel different. I think it can boost their morale and confidence. I would also recommend that all lower-grade teachers read this book to their students. Children can sometimes be cruel and give inappropriate comments to others who are different, and they are unaware of how those comments can affect others." ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Online Book Club review by Ivana July 2022