Friday, October 11, 2013

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Have you seen Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner? Mr. Wuffles is a cat who is very bored with typical cat toys. Jingle bells, yarn balls, shuttlecocks, ribbons through spools, cloth goldfish, and polka dot mice lay untouched against the baseboard of the room in which he rests. Most still have their price tags attached. Disinterested, Mr. Wuffles does not notice when a little gray spaceship lands among his toys. Then the colorfully-robed Insectoid people cheer their successful landing. What bad timing!

Insectoid scientists must not have designed their spacecraft to withstand attacks by felines. Mr. Wuffles bats and rolls the spacecraft about the hardwood floor, and a tiny trail of smoke escapes through the command deck's window. The tiny Insectoids hold their heads as they examine their equipment. How will they ever escape the dangerous watch of Mr Wuffles?

In Mr. Wuffles!, Wiesner has created a wonderful fantasy accessible to children who do not yet read. The only bit of dialogue is in Insectoid, a language that has not yet been decipher by anyone speaking an earth language. We are all equals as readers of Mr. Wuffles!, earthlings.

Wiesner, David. Mr. Wuffles! Clarion Books, 2013. 9780618756612.

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