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Wishy-Wishy-Woco-Mo-Loco: The Ink Monkey and Her Squonk


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Plain Jane Doe Smith learns sometimes a plain name suits one just fine.

Jane Doe Smith is not content with her plain Jane name. Though she lives in a re-purposed double-decker bus, complete with all necessary amenities and exciting adventures, the question of her name seems to be her greatest torment. Imagine her surprise when she returns to school to find out she has another legal name; the one her parents have been sparing her from for years: Ouishiouishiwocomolocoeau.  This new name unleashes a world of trouble for young Jane. Her classmates tease her and she finds even she is unable to spell it. Despite her bookish nature, her failure to spell her name lands her in a remedial English class where students are encouraged to get barely passing grades and complete all assignments in crayon. What’s worse, Jane discovers she now has the power to turn people into mythical creatures, provided they are able to say her real name, and that she gives them a rhyming nickname in kind. This just might come in handy when a nonsensical Jabberwock comes to her Middle School to feed on the imaginations of children.

Sovann Somreth’s Wishy-Wishy-Woco-Mo-Loco: The Ink Monkey and Her Squonk is, of course, a total mouthful of a title. The story itself is absolutely charming and a fun series of pages of word play and absurdity. The book  is best designed for young readers in middle school, but it is also an absolute treat for their parents who enjoy silly wordplay. For those who remember the Amelia Bedelia books, this book is similar in comparison with its rhyming words, but the misunderstandings and wordplay in Somreth’s work seems far less destructive.


The charming story of how this book came to be should also be told. Writer Sovann Somreth was flipping through his daughter’s yearbook with her. She bemoaned the fact that she felt she had such a normal name and would have loved a fancier one. Her parents jokingly told her that they’d almost named her Ouishiouishiwocomoloceau, and the idea for this charming story was born. 

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I am a Cambodian born writer with a penchant for puns and wordplay. I wrote Wishy-Wishy as a silly story for my daughter after she thumbed through her yearbook one night and asked me why we didn't give her a fancier name. I told her we almost named her Ouishiouishiwocomoloceau. view profile

Published on December 01, 2019

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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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