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The Wuggie Norple Story

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Lunchbox Louie gives his son, King Waffle, a kitten called Wuggie Norple. The kitten grows in leaps and bounds as Lunchbox Louie continues to bring home bigger and bigger animals to prove to his wife and son that Wuggie Norple is extraordinarily large. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Four Winds Press
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Phil Jensen
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noelle: I want the cat book.
Me: The Cat in the Hat?
Noelle: No! Wuggie the Norple!
Me: Are you sure? We have lots of other books...
Me: OK, Wuggie Norple.
Noelle: And we read it three times because I three years old.

My wife's response:
This book is torture. It's like when you're being tickled and you laugh even though you hate it. I hate this book.

My response:
This book is shrouded in mystery. Few have read it, and they come back with eyes glazed, marveling at the rare joy the
Noelle Jensen, Age 6
I like the one when he the size of a elephant. I like this book because it's silly. Papercup Mixmaster! Papercup Mixmaster! That's silly about that book.

Papercup Mixmaster! Hee hee hee.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, charming, irresistible family, in which the father goes to work, the mother cooks, and the little boy breaks rocks. Then one day there comes into their lives an orange kitten. This is a wonderful, adorable, cuddly book, and everyone has the best names. One year I arm-wrestled the new principal at my kid's elementary school into permitting a Read-Across-America Day event, and I dressed up as the mother, read this book to a few classrooms full of tiny children, and later tried to read it t ...more
Brenda-Jean Shephard
(1980) It's surprising that this adorable story, a cumulative, repetitious folktale is not more well known. Illustrated by the iconic Tomie de Paola in a classic 60's style, Wuggie Norple tells of a little family and their growing menagerie of pets, all with unique, compound-word names. Lunchbox Louie is the dad to walks to work at his wistle-ficxing shop every day, while mom Bigfoot the Chipmunk and son King Waffle engage in pleasant household tasks and outdoor activities. When Lunchbox Louie b ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childhood - and current - favorite! The names of the characters are silly and brilliant and the illustration is fantastic. Reading this book out loud is as much fun for the reader as it is for the listener, so when your child requests it over and over you won’t be furious with yourself for ever having let it into your house.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favorites.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I wish I had a copy for every child I've ever met ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite children's book of all time. I read this so many times that my kids had it memorized but still enjoyed the silly names. I used to read this story when I was a substitute teacher and it held the students attention because they were waiting for the next creative animal name. The book is out of print and hard to find but I have managed to buy a copy for each of my sons to read to their kids. ...more
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down my favorite children's book of all time. As far as I know, it's still out of print, so I'm not letting my one-year-old anywhere near my dear copy of it for quite a while, but I look forward to the day when he can appreciate its weirdness. We discovered it when my brothers were little, and I have many fond memories of laughing with them over the silly names and pictures. If you can get your hands on a copy, jump on it! ...more
My friend Rebecca added a Daniel Pinkwater book to her to-read list. I don't believe I've ever heard of Pinkwater, so I did a search to see what else he's written. This particular volume has only been reviewed by 39 people, but gets a 4.82 average rating, and several reviewers tout it as their favorite children's book. I'm intrigued. ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
this was my absolute favourite book when i was a child. my dad & i would always get it from the carnegie library in oakland, after sunday school. i have never forgotten it & i cannot wait to share it with my future child.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hysterical and full of fun nonsense. I think, perhaps, that Daniel Pinkwater was just standing in his kitchen, closing his eyes, and pointing at stuff when he made up the names for the characters in this story. Love it.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Don't know how I missed this one (Pinkwater is my favorite author) but I had never read it before. I found a free audiobook download of this and grabbed it. Loved the story and the great Pinkwater character names. ...more
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Super complicated! Another book that grown ups like and kids will think is too hard or weird or difficult. Happy Tomie people and a silly story about family
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
How is it that I haven't read this book until now? Hilarious story about a man who brings home a cat. The names of the characters alone are worth the read. ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clementine by: Grammy
Shelves: mom-s, picture-book
My mom read this when she was a kid and made her mom track down a discarded library copy so I could have my very own. Strange and fun, with great ideas for pet names.
Character names make me smile. I really enjoyed this book.
I wish I could read the Japanese translation of it too.
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
My favorite kids' book ...more
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Introduce your kids quickly to Daniel Pinkwater's books for children. This book in particular will be an inspiration to the very young, and stick with them throughout life. ...more
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down my favorite childrens book of all time.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
goofy tongue twister of a story...Tomie de Paola illustrations.
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Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: Omnitopia Dawn
If you are an adult this will probably only entertain you once, and for about 5 minutes, but it is amusing.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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