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K-Gr 4–Mr. Wuffles ignores all his fancy cat toys. Still sporting price tags, they line the hallway as he strolls by. But resting quietly among the feathers, balls, and mice is a tiny metal spaceship, and this catches his attention. His playful batting knocks around the alien explorers inside, causing bumps but no injuries. The ship's flying disks do not survive, however, and the aliens set out to explore the house and repair their craft. Barely escaping Mr. Wuffles's claws, they dash behind the radiator and discover primitive art of the cat's previous battles and make friends with the house's insects. The bugs help the aliens repair the spaceship, avoid capture, and fly away. Nearly wordless, the story is told through pictures and the languages of the ants and aliens, depicted by dashes and symbols. The book is fairly complex, best suited for elementary students, who will enjoy decoding the aliens' cryptographic alphabet. Wiesner humorously captures the curiosity and confusion of Mr. Wuffles and his human, who remains oblivious to the drama underfoot. The idea of a separate, tiny world next to ours makes a great premise, and Wiesner's engaging art and lively pacing carry the day. Visual storytelling at its best.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Once again Wiesner dips into his irrepressible imagination to deliver a mostly wordless conceptual picture book where the mundane and the magical collide. Mr. Wuffles, an aloof, perspicacious black cat, takes no interest in his playthings, save one peculiar toy that looks something like a hobnail tea strainer. Closer inspection, like only Wiesner can provide, reveals that it is a miniature alien spacecraft experiencing mechanical trouble. Its little green passengers evade Mr. Wuffles and retreat to a hole beneath the radiator, where they discover a series of “cave paintings” immortalizing battles between the cat and troops of ants and ladybugs. The aliens and the bugs join forces and, speaking in rectangular pictographic word balloons (that some readers will thrill to decipher), hatch a plan to repair the spaceship, foil the feline, and return home. The drama plays out across long, low panels full of kinetic energy and comic detail, all captured in the artist’s careful watercolor renderings. In the end, the mission is successful and the aliens escape, but not without leaving behind a few reminders of their visit and an updated record of the epic conflict on the inner wall. Wiesner’s many fans will delight at poring over the detailed account of this master plan, again and again, discovering something new with each successive reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner. Three. Fans will be ready to pounce. Grades K-3. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: Caldecott Medal - Honors Winning Title(s)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618756612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618756612
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peggy Tibbetts VINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
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Mr. Wuffles is a black and white cat with a lot of toys, and he's not particularly interested in any of them. Until one day a miniature spaceship catches his eye. Come to find out the spaceship is not a toy after all. Inside, the five green aliens - which sort of look like grasshoppers dressed in robes - are terrified as Mr. Wuffles playfully bats their vessel around the room. The aliens manage to escape their damaged ship but Mr. Wuffles is onto them. Then just as he's about to pounce, a flying ladybug distracts him and the aliens flee under the radiator. Inside the walls of the house they meet up with an insect colony that has depicted their long war with the cat in pictographs on the wall. In turn the aliens, who don't speak bug language, illustrate their skirmish with the cat in pictographs. Friendship ensues. They pose for pictures and share a cracker. Together they devise an ingenious plan to repair the spaceship and foil Mr. Wuffles so the green aliens can make a clean getaway.

As with the insects and aliens, Wiesner tells this delightful story in pictures consisting of colorful cartoon frames done in watercolor and India ink. There is no narrative and most of the dialogue is alien and insect language that young readers will have fun trying to decode. The pages of "Mr. Wuffles!" are jam-packed with humor, mischief, and action. The joy of Wiesner's unique storytelling method is each time readers open the book they will certainly discover subtle details they missed the last time and want to return again and again.
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Astonishingly witty and imaginative story. Children will love to decipher the clever details and the way Wiesner plays with visual scale and motion. Mr. Wuffles himself is all cat: elegant, handsome, and a bit insufferable. Bought one for my 2-yr-old cat-loving and Spanish-speaking grandson--and one all for myself the next day.
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Okay, I'll admit it... I'm a thirtysomething male with no kids and I still bought this book. As an animal lover, and particularly a cat person, I couldn't resist the amazing drawings of Mr. Wuffles. Having owned a few black cats myself I was amazed at how realistic the drawings of the cat are!

The story is pretty amusing and features a small group of tiny aliens that land in a ship that Mr. Wuffles thinks is a cat toy. After narrowly escaping Mr. Wuffles they are able to enlist the aid of some bugs to distract the cat while they escape. The story is very basic and features the aliens speaking in their own language so it is easy to follow for kids of all ages.

If you like cats or just enjoy well illustrated books then this is one to add to your collection for sure!
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From now on, when my cats stare intently at seemingly empty corner (for forever), I'm gonna take a look-see for myself. You never know, what you might see. Cats are not the only curious creatures here on Earth. Forget about, 'Look to the skies!'........LOOK BEHIND THE RADIATOR!!!!!!!!!!!
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Who would think of combining space aliens and a finicky house cat with a bad temper? David Wiesner, that's who! The illustrations are totally awesome and the (practically) wordless story is easy to follow but still leaves some to the imagination. This book is brilliant!
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This is a great book, with very few words but a fabulous story in the pictures. Any cat lover will recognize Mr. Wuffles as a quintessential cat. If you like science fiction and the concept of alien visitors, all the better. This book would work for all ages, adults as well as children.
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This is really a beautiful book. It has the qualities of a graphic novel. You need to be able to put the story in words for little readers but it is gorgeous. The nerdy adults will think it is fantastic.
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another wiesner classic! would have given more stars if available. beautiful artwork, great "catitude" with mr. wuffles, and wonderful humor. a "purrfect" story with only wiesner's art to translate the alien language of critters.
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