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Mr. Wuffles!

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,332 ratings  ·  1,225 reviews
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, the aliens are in deep trouble ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Clarion Books
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Bionic Jean
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bionic 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
Cats. Who can figure them? It seems this wordless picture book has a good idea about what makes cats tick.

I love the bright colors and how realistic the cats behavior is on the pages. It’s easy to relate to because we have all seen this before. There are two times when the human gives the cat a toy to play with and the cat ignores it and they say ‘Oh Mr. Wuffles’ We find out why the cat chooses toys. Either there are ants or bugs to play with or there are alien explorers. Who knew? The explorin
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
Great illustrations and a fun story, but also an entree into some sophisticated topics if one wanted to discuss such with one's children. Subjectivity of experience, for instance, or different methods of communication, or what animals might be perceiving.

One of my favorite bits was the ant "cave" paintings of their historical struggle with Mr. Wuffles.
So yes, but I do feel both somewhat guilty and also rather curmudgeonly, as I seem to be one of the very few individuals who has not at all enjoyed David Wiesner's Mr. Wuffles! by any stretch of my imagination. For while I can certainly appreciate Wiesner's artwork as being (and as usual) wonderfully adept and colourfully descriptive, and am definitely also able to smile a bit at how Mr. Wuffles (like a typical cat) disdains ALL of the toys with which his owner tries to tempt him, the entire sto ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children interested in alien stories
A cat finds a small flying saucer that contains aliens, when he starts to play with it the aliens are shaken about. When they leave the ship and hide under a cupboard they meet with some other species who have also had long standing harassment from the cat and they join forces to try to escape. Although I can see this is an action packed and inventive book, I personally didn't enjoy it that much. I'm not a fan of illustrations that use a black line to contain the colours, and I didn't like the c ...more
Gonzalo Urrutia
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Oct 03, 2013 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
Jan 13, 2015 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 demands 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 (
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 26, 2013 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. ...more
Colby Sharp
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Weisneris brilliant. He's sort of like the mad scientist of picture books. ...more
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
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)...
Feb 01, 2016 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!
John of Canada
One of the benefits of being friends with people who work in the kids section of the public library is that you get awesome book recommendations.The artwork in Mr Wuffles is wonderful.Now I have to find a little kid who can translate what the aliens are saying!
A story about a cat but with a twist! Fantastic illustrations which take us through the journey of this wordless picture book!
Nov 08, 2013 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
Kaethe Douglas
Sep 03, 2013 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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Bizarre. Absolutely bizarre. If you are into science-fiction and the idea of a cat chasing and playing with an alien ship sounds like a good wordless story to you, then this will probably be more than a three star read for you. Unfortunately, I'm just not into cats and aliens. ...more
RLL22018_ Delashay
May 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy_scifi
This somewhat wordless picture book, attempts to take a glance into the imagination of a cat. Mr. Wuffles gets a new toy, and it appears to look like a tiny space craft. As he plays with the vessels the tiny Martians inside are takin for a ride. Only after they escape did the fun for Wuffles begin.

Another one of David Wiesner’s master pieces, the pictures communicated the story effortlessly. I would recommend this book for grades Pk-2. I would use the strange language of the Martian’s, for math
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meow
The Secret Life of Pets 3 and an introduction to Scifi, with very few words, Mr. Wuffles! explores the story of a cat who witnesses stranded aliens trying to fix their ship and leave before Mr. Wuffles mistakes them for a new toy. 👽🙀🛸👋
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy storytelling, this book is awesome, it requires participation of the reader to tell the story but my kids are captivated by it.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a children's picture book - My favorite picture book of all time is Tuesday by this same author. I just had to 'read' this one. It's pretty good but it's no Tuesday! ...more
Apr 08, 2017 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
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
Linda Lipko
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a delight. This is well deserving of the 2014 Caldecott honor award.

The sheer creativity of it and the presentation made me smile and laugh.

Mr. Wuffles the cat has many toys that are unused. Price tags attached, they line up on the floor. One day, Mr. Wuffles finds a very interesting toy, shaped like a miniature space ship, and he simply cannot resist it.

As Mr. Wuffles bats and slams and eats and paws the toy, the real life space creatures inside are bounced to the point of dizziness. A
Amar Pai
Jan 29, 2015 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.
I'm going to have to buy this book and shelve it alongside Tuesday, my former favorite Weisner book. This one gives that one a run for its money mainly because it explains SO much of what goes on in my house.
Especially the pictographs of cat carnage I keep finding along baseboards.
Shawn Thrasher
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a book with no words, Mr. Wuffles is rich and complex storytelling. Without going into too much detail, this is a science fiction romp, a cat-lover's dream book, and has a not so subtle message about working together against a common enemy ("the enemy of my enemy is my friend"). You'll get sucked in right away. Great fun! ...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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