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Mr. Wuffles!

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A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, th ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Clarion Books
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Annabelle Rhoda I think Mr. Wuffles! is geared for any age from 1-10. It is really good

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Feb 14, 2017 Jean rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jean by: Melki
Mr Wuffles is a typical cat. Not a cute kitten, nor even a lovable rogue, but all Cat with a capital C. Independent, contrary and defiant, he's the sort of cat with a "try rubbing my tummy and I'll scratch your eyes out" sort of air. Staring out at you balefully from the cover, he looks like a whole lot of trouble.

Sure enough, we find that Mr Wuffles disdainfully ignores all the toys his loving owner has provided. She does not seem to know her pet very well. Whether it is a wind-up clockwork mou
Oct 03, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The masterful Wiesner returns with another near-wordless picture book. Mr. Wuffles is a cat who disdains most of the toys his master gets him. Then one object gets his attention, a little metallic spaceship. But this is not a toy! It is filled with tiny aliens who are battered by being flung around by Mr. Wuffles. Their equipment is damaged and they have to leave their ship and head out looking for help. But Mr. Wuffles is close behind them and who can the aliens turn to for aid?

This is a magni
Feb 01, 2016 Melki rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melki by: Lynn Brunner
It takes a special toy to capture the attention of the finicky Mr. Wuffles. A "toy" like a ladybug, or an ant or . . . a spaceship full of tiny aliens.


I started laughing at the first few pages and didn't finish until I closed the book. Had to read a second time to admire all the artwork.

This is truly a delight - and not just for cat lovers!
Colby Sharp
Mar 15, 2013 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it
Weisneris brilliant. He's sort of like the mad scientist of picture books.
3.5 out of 5
David Wiesner's illustrations in this nearly wordless comic book style picturebook capture cat movement and behavior perfectly:

After reading Mr. Wuffles!, I kind of feel bad for all the little bugs my own cat stalks and plays with (and eats)...
Jan 13, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2015
Mr. Wuffles looks like my Schmaggles (actual name Magpie):

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She is our perfect princess who demand adoration and affection from everyone she meets and who snuggles with my boys at night.

So is it any wonder that they rooted for the supposedly vicious predator...

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...rather than the alien beings with whom they were apparently supposed to identify?

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They did enjoy my verbal interpretation of the aliens' shape-based language.

The kinship between the aliens and the tiny inhabitants of earth (also "vict
Nov 08, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We love David Wiesner's books, and when I saw that he had a new book out and it featured a cat named Mr. Wuffles, I was very excited. I just knew we were in for a treat.

This nearly wordless book actually has a lot of dialogue, but it's in 'alien' and 'ant,' so we cannot actually read the words. I thought this would pose a problem as we read it aloud, but our youngest was kind enough to provide the sound effects for the different conversations. We enjoyed looking at the details in the pictures a
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Mr. Wuffles--what a cute name! Wish I'd thought of it. Being a cat lover, of course I had to read this book, though there's not much to read here, being almost wordless. I had to laugh at the price tags on the toys. I'm sure every cat owner has spent a small fortune on toys and furniture for their cats, only to have the favorite toy become an old bottle cap, a paper clip, a straw, or something that's yours. Mr. Wuffles is, in this respect, a typical cat, preferring to play with the little alien ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Wiesner is astounding. Mr. Wuffles is hyper-realistic, just amazing to look at, so vivid on the page. Wow. And also, it's an amusing little story. But that cat! We have an enormous jellicle cat that resembles Wiesner's and I am in awe of every picture. Even if you hate picture books, even if cats give you hives, you should take ten minutes out of your life to look at these pictures.

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Amar Pai
Jan 29, 2015 Amar Pai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
If you've ever wondered why your cat ignores all the nice squeaky toys you give him (or her) and you always wonder why the cat is stalking around mysteriously after some invisible prey... answers within.

I like how terrifying the cat looks in this book, from the littler creatures' point of view. It's true! If you were tiny, a house cat would be very frightening.
David Schaafsma
Nov 26, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Sci fi comes to children's books, with strong, colorful drawings.. a cat and her favorite toy spaceship… with aliens… I liked the concept of this and the art more than the actual story, same for my kids, in their response to it.
Nov 12, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Amazing! Love the art and story!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Wiesner is brilliant. I knew this wouldn't be the run of the mill book and I wasn't disappointed. Now to figure out how I want to use it with students.
Apr 08, 2017 Lauren rated it liked it
Mr. Wuffles was a story about a cat playing with his toy. But inside one of his toys was something special. He has mini aliens that have escaped from his toy he didn’t know existed.As they’re trying to find there way back home someone else isn’t having that. Will Mr. Wuffles let them go home or keep them hostage?

For this book the cover page really caught my attention. The title “ MR. WUFFLES” was in all cap letters and different colors. Also having a big black caught my attention as well. Having
Rachel Kinney
Feb 19, 2017 Rachel Kinney rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I chose this story for one of the illustrator project books. This adorable story about a cat who doesn't like playing with any of the toys his owners give him finds a toy that is the spaceship for some aliens. The cat knocks them around and they eventually flee to save themselves. The illustrations in this story are very bright, vibrant, and big. Each picture utilizes the entire page and David Wiesner spares no detail, even the inside of the space ship is full of detail. This story would be a gr ...more
Feb 28, 2017 Ike rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
A delightful read! Mr. Wuffles is a nosy, choosy cat that likes what he likes. He plays with what he wants and bargain's for more that he choose when he selects an alien spacecraft. The illustrations are excellent and add immensely to ones reading and viewing pleasure. Children of all ages will enjoy Mr. Wuffles as he goes about his adventure. (By the way, it's Grandkid approved in my home!)
Feb 26, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it
Aliens have landed! Only, not in the way you would expect. Mr. Wuffles, the house cat, is the only witness to the invasion of the minuscule aliens in their miniature spaceship in his home. At first, Mr. Wuffles finds this new toy innocent enough, until he discovers the inhabitants inside trying to escape him. Then he’s on the hunt, while the peaceful aliens attempt to repair their damaged vessel and get back home. The aliens find allies in the ants and ladybug that live in the home, and together ...more
Richie Partington
Sep 16, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: MR. WUFFLES! by David Wiesner, Clarion, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-618-75661-2

"One sweet dream, pick up the bags, and get in the limousine
Soon, we'll be away from here,
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away"
-- Lennon/McCartney, "You Never Give Me Your Money"

After reading and repeatedly re-reading it over a few days, I've been thinking obsessively about MR. WUFFLES! by David Wiesner. And what I've now decided is that MR. WUFFLES! is Wiesner's Abbey Road.

Go do an online sea
Feb 24, 2017 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
David Wiesner has an amazing imagination!
May 19, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Genee121 by: Stephanie Bange
Laughing out loud! I'm beginning to believe that Wiesner has a thing for aliens because he has included them in his almost completely wordless book Mr. Wuffles! This book is adorable and intriguing. Mr. Wuffles is a finicky cat when it comes to his cat toys. Though he has numerous fun looking toys to select from, Mr. Wuffles only want to play with an object that not only looks like a spaceship but actually is a spaceship! Who in the world would have ever thought of having a spaceship full of ali ...more
Chuck Knudsen
Feb 21, 2017 Chuck Knudsen rated it really liked it
Fun little story about a cat and some aliens that loses a star because I have to tell it.
Jun 06, 2015 Amy added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
School Library Journal
( September 01, 2013; 9780618756612 )
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 craf
This is a very cute book. Wiesner's illustrations are wonderful and he really knows cats. The facial expressions and body language are dead on. I laughed at the beginning when Mr. Wuffles walks past his toys, ignoring them. My cat has little interest in store-bought toys, preferring ribbon, my coat's drawstrings, paper, boxes, and peacock feathers, and Mr. Wuffles appears to be the same.

As Mr. Wuffles ignores the newest toy that his human has bought him and strolls past his line of ignored toys,
Peggy Tibbetts
Sep 30, 2013 Peggy Tibbetts rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Laura Brenneisen
Title: Mr. Wuffles! By: David Wiesner Copyright: 2013 Number of Pages: 32 Lit Require: Fantasy/SciFi #1 picture book

This book is about a cat who find a circular object that is really an alien space shuttle. These aliens want to explore the new world, but afraid of the cat and derive a plan to sneak by the cat without it noticing. However, the cat notices and starts to reach for the aliens, but the aliens poke its paw with one of their planet's flags. The aliens escape into an ant hole where its
Lauren Stoolfire
Mr. Wuffles can't be bothered with his new cat toys, but he does like playing with the little alien spaceship with the aliens still inside. The aliens manage to escape, hide, and ally themselves with the local insects to repair the damage to their ship and make their escape plan. Will the aliens be able to successfully work with the insects and will they be able to make it past Mr. Wuffles as he lies in wait?

Mr. Wuffles! is a charming nearly wordless picture book. I love Wiesner's art style and
Mr. Wuffles is very persnickety about his play toys, as much as his people try to tempt him. But one day he sees a little flying saucer lying near the stuffed mice and fishies, and his interest is piqued. Only trouble is, it's not a toy, and as he bats it around, the group of space critters inside get quite banged up. Once he moves onto other interests, they manage to exit the spacecraft and make a dash under the furnace, where they meet up with a group of ants and other tiny inhabitan
May 07, 2015 LauraR rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
For a book that was a Caldecott Honor Book, I was very surprised to find myself extremely confused while reading this book. If I hadn't read the inside cover of the book, I would not have been able to follow along with the story. If I was a young reader, i would be so focused on the pictures, and I don't think they would be able to follow with the layout of the story. For beginning readers, to have them see symbols as words and understand that this is what it is supposed to be can come across ve ...more
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During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

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