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Mr. Wuffles!

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A 2014 Caldecott Honor BookIn 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 ...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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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
Colby Sharp
Weisneris brilliant. He's sort of like the mad scientist of picture books.
Nov 08, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Amar Pai
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.
Robin Tell
Wonderful library find of recent weeks. Intelligent, technologically advanced people from another world arrive on Earth and ready themselves to go forth and explore. Unbeknownst to them, in local terms their interstellar vessel is the size of a cat toy, and has landed among a collection of cat toys.

Contact at last between intelligences from different worlds is catastrophically derailed by a housecat who is simply doing what a cat does. In truest Star Trek style the alien crew must try and save
Jan 30, 2015 Sara added it
1. Primary - Independent reading

2. Mya expressed interest in adventure, fantasy, cats, and humor on her interest survey. Mr. Wuffles is a cat who is uninterested in playing with the toys his owners give him. However, he becomes entrenched in discovering and defeating a tiny spaceship filled with tiny aliens. The aliens strike up an unconventional friendship with other critters in the wall and begin a plan to defeat Mr. Wuffles. I think Mya would find their interactions funny, while also feeding
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
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
Marybeth Batie
Mr. Wuffles! is a great children's picture book that any beginner reader could enjoy since it is nearly wordless. The story is about a cat named Mr. Wuffles who doesn't play with toy mice, but rather a tiny spaceship filled with actual aliens. The comic-book style helps young readers see what is going on without actually having many words tell the story. The language of the aliens is shown through symbols, so you never know what they are saying. The themes in this book are curiosity, aliens or e ...more
Michelle Pegram
A nearly wordless picture book, Mr. Wuffles follows the escapades of a group of aliens who are trying to repair their ship which has been damaged by the title character, a black cat. They are aided by other creatures who have been tormented by Mr. Wuffles and make a daring dash to their ship and freedom.

The images draw the reader into this world in which tiny aliens struggle to outwit a cat The space under a radiator is not just full of dust bunnies anymore. On their journey, the aliens have to
Okay, so I read this children's picture book during lunch. It's adorable. Such inter-species cooperation! Mr. Wuffles is a cat who won't play with his many toys. He will only play with a tiny spaceship which really is a spaceship. The aliens' ship is damaged by Mr. Wuffles and the ants and ladybug help them to repair the ship. Meanwhile, they have a sort of impromptu party (cheezits!) and take group pictures. In the end, the aliens escape the curious claws of Mr. Wuffles. If you have (young) chi ...more
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.
Beth Sniffs Books
MR WUFFLES is effing brilliant but don’t say that to your kids! It’s a fun, fresh, and modern story with a layout quite reminiscent of comic book panels. There is barely any text in this story at all. Or better stated, there is hardly any text that a human could decipher as the aliens have plenty to say! Just one of the many reasons this makes MR WUFFLES an awesome story — children can read it to themselves or others. There are all sorts of amazing and surprising details to notice on each page w ...more
"Look Mr. Wuffles, a new toy!" and then you see an uninterested cat walk past it.

This book is hilarious. In a graphic novel sort of format, it illustrates and partially narrates the story of a cat who is uninterested in most toys, until a small spaceship gets his attention. In the his eyes, this is just an interesting toy, but in the eyes of those inhabiting this spaceship, he is a monster that has destroyed a part of their spaceship.

Mr. Wuffles has a well deserved Caldecott honor for the illus
Jul 07, 2014 Genee121 rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
This is a brilliant book. And I love it as much as i love cats, books, insects and aliens. This might be the best kid's book since the Pigeon drove the bus. LMAO. What a masterpiece. I have read it ten times now and the material is still fresh. I even forced this poor kid sitting next to me on the bus to let me read it to him. He was 10 and he loved it. I gave away my copy to a friend and immediately had to get a new one. I think it needs to be a musical, I am going to get to work on that projec ...more
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
Richie Partington
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
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
Peggy Tibbetts
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
Just like many of the felines with whom I share my life, Mr. Wuffles is particularly picky when it comes to toys. Despite his human companion's efforts to interest him in a series of toy mice, feathery creations, and a fish on a string, the disdainful cat could care less about them. What catches his fancy is a shiny metal spacecraft filled with aliens. Filled with close-up depictions of Mr. Wuffles keeping a watchful eye on the craft, clutching it in his paws, rolling it along the floor, and rub ...more
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,

This book's existence is proof of God. (Just kidding.)

But seriously, this book hypnotized me with unbridled Originality. Capital "O." I read it twice at the library today, and it changed my life. Again, kidding, but, shit, what a psychotically weird book. Who's mind makes up this stuff? Sci-fi meets Cats. 'Nuff said. Read it. You'll thank me.



A wordless picture book about a cat named Mr. Wuffles who has plenty of toys to choose from, but favors a small alien spaceship. What's extra fun about the alien spaceship is that it's real!

The aliens need to repair a broken piece of equipment and have to be sly as they sneak past Mr. Wuffles. They succeed and narrowly make it to a secret lair frequented by ants and other bugs. After befriending the bugs and repairing the broken piece of equipment their mission becomes getting back to the space
Liked it more than I thought I would! Good wordless book for little ones to use their imagination in story telling.
RH Walters
A clever story of escape and friendship that may cause you to spontaneously speak Ant and Alien.
Cristina Zamarron

As you can tell from the title this story it is clever and funny from the moment you see the cover. Mr. Wuffles is a humorous book that does have unique dialogue in it that is spoken by one of the characters from the book: the aliens. It is formatted like a comic book strip. The attitude of the cat is seen right through this book the cat is sassy and reminded me of Tom from the carton show Tom and Jerry. Aliens. Cats. What a perfect combination. I loved the bright colors used in this book but es
Randi Goodnight
Mr. Wuffles! is about a cat that gets a new toy, a mini space ship full of little aliens! The aliens accidentally landed in the cat’s house, and when the cat saw them he began to bat at them and their spaceship. The aliens escape just in time, and they run in to a mouse hole where they meet a bunch of ants that are also terrorized by the cat. The aliens and the ants devise a plan to help the aliens get their ship back. The plan works and the aliens zoom off to safety. This book has great illustr ...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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