Mr. Wuffles!

David Wiesner. Clarion, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-618-75661-2
Mr. Wuffles, a handsome black cat with white paws and an arrogant air, couldn’t care less about the many toys purchased for his amusement. But he homes in on a metal object (imagine two doll-size colanders soldered shut), imperiling the tiny green aliens inside. Mr. Wuffles bats their spaceship about playfully, damaging it, and in a daring move, the aliens break for safety under the radiator. Wiesner constructs his story in a mix of full spreads and comics-style panels. Though the artwork, done in watercolor and India ink, is superbly colored and composed, the most inventive aspect of the story may be the hieroglyphic language the three-time Caldecott Medalist has invented for his aliens: this is a nearly wordless book full of dialogue no one (excepting maybe Wiesner) will know how to speak aloud. The aliens succeed in befriending the insects that live within the walls of the house, and together they concoct a plan to outwit Mr. Wuffles—yes, humans aren’t even a factor in this story of extraterrestrial first contact. Wiesner once again produces a fantasy adventure that isn’t like anything else around. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/15/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
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Hardcover - 30 pages - 978-1-84939-780-3
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-1-78344-116-7
Ebook - 32 pages - 978-0-544-15147-5
DVD-Video - 978-0-9777098-6-1
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